Key areas of focus:

Initial teacher education
School leadership
Workforce development
School improvement
Professional learning
Strategic planning
Whole system reform

Learning First is a social enterprise working to reform school education. We use research, consulting and development to help improve education systems in Australia and around the world. Our current areas of focus are initial teacher education, school leadership, workforce development, school improvement, professional learning, strategic planning and whole system reform.

We believe the best way we can help impact student outcomes at scale is to research the best and xyz [ theory of change power statement]

Founded in 2014 by Dr Ben Jensen, Learning First has grown rapidly to over 15 team members with a diversity of skills and career backgrounds. Our staff have extensive experience in think-tanks, policy research, government, school and system leadership, consulting, and classroom teaching.

To achieve real change in school education, Learning First utilises our school education expertise and strategic thinking across three main arms of work:



We produce research reports that investigate issues in key areas of school education such as initial teacher education, professional learning, school leadership and strategy. These reports draw from the evidence base and the world’s best-performing education systems to provide effective solutions to improve schools.                                                                   


We provide advisory services to governments and education leaders offering evidence-based and innovative solutions on key aspects of education reform such as strategy, workforce development and school improvement. We have advised governments around the world to improve student learning across whole systems.                       


We convene key education policy leaders, practitioners and researchers through workshops, round-tables and communities of practice to help accelerate effective education reform. We also run training programs and in 2015 we jointly launched the EdFellows program, Australia’s first policy fellowship for early-career teachers.