Evidence for Learning: Schools Expert Reference Council

Schools Expert Reference Council

This independent group of experts in education, school improvement and equity provide education sector input, guidance and advice to the Evidence for Learning team. 

  • Laureate Professor John Hattie (Chair) – Melbourne Graduate School of Education
  • Mark Clutton – Certified Lead Teacher, Gungahlin College, ACT
  • Penny Dakin – CEO, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
  • Ross Fox – Director, Catholic Education, Canberra-Goulburn, National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC)
  • Tiffany Roos – Director, The Evidence Institute, The Association of Independent Schools of NSW 
  • Deborah Summerhayes – Deputy Secretary, School Performance, Department of Education NSW
  • Laureate Professor Jennifer Gore – Director, Teachers and Teaching Research Centre, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Sandra Nissen – Director, Strategic Implementation, Department of Education QLD
  • Associate Professor Mark Rickinson – Faculty of Education, Monash University
  • Dr Sarah Richardson – Executive Director, Asia Education Foundation
  • Dr Connie Spinoso – Director of the Evidence, Insights and Analytics Branch, Department of Education, Victoria
  • Professor Pauline Taylor-Guy, Director, Centre for School and System Improvement
  • Matthew Deeble – Executive Director, Strategic Business Operations – Social Ventures Australia

An independent group of experts in education, school improvement and equity to provide advice and guidance to both the Evidence for Learning team. It is comprised as an expert group with a mix of leaders across the Australian schools sector. 

It meets three to four times per annum but individual members are available throughout the year for advice. 

Its duties are: 

  • Input to Evidence for Learning’s business plan and annual operating plans
  • Advice on how to improve research engagement and use of evidence to improve decision-making
  • Supporting the linking of relevant other research and resources to enhance the Teaching & Learning Toolkit initiative
  • Supporting the measurement of impact of the Teaching & Learning Toolkit and other Evidence for Learning evidence assets and activities
  • Developing and recommending activities consistent with the social purpose objectives of Evidence for Learning
  • Introductions to potential endorsers, supporters and partners within the sector