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Leading from the middle.
Leading from the middle: Educational leadership for middle and senior leaders

This resource describes the qualities, practices, and activities middle and senior leaders need to lead in ways that enhance learner outcomes.

You can download the resource or view online at Educational Leaders >>

Ministry of Education priorities

Ka Hikitia | Pasifika | Special education needs

Ka Hikitia

He Kākano
Supporting school leaders to become relational and pedagogical leaders with the capability that will enable schools and teachers to build educational success for and with Māori learners.

He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora
The title reflects a belief about the well-being of te reo Māori – that the more we learn and speak it the more it will flourish.

Ka Mau te Wehi!
Ka Mau te Wehi! is an expression meaning awesome! or fantastic! It is used in this context to acknowledge and celebrate all achievements, large or small, that are made by the teacher and learner as they learn te reo Māori together.

Kia Mau
Kei te pōwhiri a Kia Mau i te hunga rangatahi me ō rātou kaiako kia whakahōnore i ērā whai wāhi ki te Rōpū Rua Tekau Mā Wanu mā te whakanui i ā rātou mahi ki te waiata me te haka.

MoE: Measuring and reporting progress
The Ministry is measuring and reporting on progress against Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008 – 2012 through the Measurable Gains Framework.

Ngā Toi Online
E toru ngā pou o tēnei wāhanga (toi ataata, ngā mahi a Te Rēhia, me toi puoro) e toko ana i te whare o ngā toi.

SML: How can you ensure success for Māori students?
In this clip, from Te Mana Kōrero - Teachers Making a Difference, teachers discuss what they see as the essential elements for encouraging students to achieve.

SML: How do teachers create a supportive learning environment?
In this clip, Carol Jarrett from Kelston Girls' College discusses Te Kotahitanga principles, and their application as essential elements for effective teaching.

SML: Professional learning groups
In this clip, Mandy Irwin explains Tapatoru, the professional learning process that supports the community of practice at Edgecumbe College.

SML: Te Kotahitanga at Kelston Girls' College
Carol Jarrett, HOD, Kelston Girls' College, discusses Te Kotahitanga principles and their application in leading change and classroom practice.

SML: Te Mana Kōrero - Greymouth High School
In this video from Te Mana Kōrero - Strengthening Professional Practice, Teachers at Greymouth High School discuss how the professional development they’ve had has enhanced their capability to reflect on their practice and make a difference for Māori students.

Tātaiako: Cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners
This resource explains the progression of the competencies teachers need to develop so they can help Māori learners achieve educationally as Māori.

Te Kotahitanga
Te Kotahitanga is a research and professional development programme that:

  • supports teachers to improve Māori students' learning and achievement
  • enables school leaders, and the wider school community, to focus on changing school structures and organisations to more effectively support teachers in this endeavour.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
Ko te tāhu o tēnei Marautanga i whakaūkia i runga i ngā wawata kia tū tangata te ākonga, kia tupu hei ākonga mātau, hei ākonga pakari, hei ākonga whakawhitiwhiti kōrero i roto i te ao Māori.

Tū Rangatira: Māori Medium Educational Leadership
A model of leadership that reflects some of the key leadership roles and practices that contribute to high-quality educational outcomes for Māori learners.

Te Reo Māori in English-Medium Schools
Keep up-to-date with information and resources relevant to the teaching and learning of te reo Māori in English-medium schools.

Te Tere Auraki - Māori students in English-medium schools
A Ministry of Education professional development strategy focusing on improving outcomes for Māori students in English-medium schools.


NZC: Teachers as learners: Improving outcomes for Māori and Pasifika students through inquiry
Illustrates how teachers have used an inquiry approach to teaching to become more culturally responsive and to improve outcomes for their Māori and Pasifika students.

SML: How can we ensure success for Pasifika students?
This Pasifika education community clip shows that the teacher-student relationship plays a vital part in successfully engaging Pasifika students in their learning.

SML: Know the learner
In this clip, from Making Language and Learning Work 1, a social studies teacher talks about how she goes about collecting information about the prior knowledge of her students.

SML: Student voices
In this clip from Te Mana Kōrero - Teachers Making a Difference, students talk about what they think makes a good teacher.

Pasifika education community
To support the achievement of Pasifika learners by providing links to quality resources, research and other materials for teachers and school leaders.

Special education needs

Click SpecialEDnz
 An online learning community designed to support teachers and professionals to work collaboratively to improve the teaching and learning opportunities for all students with special educational needs.

Inclusive Education for All
A collection of several communities, each based on a particular topic, each with their own unique characteristics and with their own community facilitator.

KCs: Wellington Girls' College - Learning support
Learning support teachers at Wellington Girls' College explain how they are integrating the key competencies into their programme, with very pleasing results.

MoE: Special education
This website has been created to enable all of those involved with Special Education to find information quickly and easily.

TKI: Alternative Education
This site provides information and support for schools, providers, parents/caregivers, and students working in Alternative Education.

TKI: Gifted and Talented Online
This site supports schools, teachers, students and parents in assisting gifted and talented students to reach their full potential academically, emotionally, and socially.

TKI: Thumbs Up!
New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is recognised as an official language of New Zealand through the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006.

Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour
This kete provides support to those involved in the RTLB service and background information for anyone who wants to know more about the work of RTLB.

Curriculum design and review

Curriculum Implementation Exploratory Studies (CIES)
This study reports on ways in which innovative schools and teachers have been working to implement The New Zealand Curriculum across all three years of the project.

Implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum: Synthesis of research and evaluation
The revised New Zealand Curriculum was launched in November 2007, with schools required to give full effect to the curriculum by February 2010. Progress towards this has been monitored using evidence reported by the Education Review Office and research teams commissioned by the Ministry of Education.

Monitoring and evaluating curriculum implementation: Final Evaluation report on the Implementation of the New Zealand curriculum 2008-2009
This report presents findings from a national evaluation of the implementation of The New Zealand Curriculum. The project sought to establish a national picture of implementation progress in English-medium schools in the first two years following the curriculum's launch in November 2007.

NZC Update 11 - Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the NZC
This Update focuses on an evaluation of progress in the implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum, using data collected in 2008 and 2009. When considering these findings, it is important to keep in mind that curriculum implementation is ongoing. Research shows that substantial change takes several years.

PDF icon. NZC Update 11 (PDF, 917 KB)

What is knowledge?
This brief article defines and outlines some important aspects of understanding the concept of knowledge.

Leading change

What doesn't work in school reform
Michael Fullan summarises the key points from his paper, Choosing the Wrong Drivers for Whole System Reform, published April 2011.

Learning is the work
An unpublished paper written by Michael Fullan in May 2011. "Collaborative cultures in which teachers focus on improving their teaching practice, learn from each other, and are well led and supported by school principals result in better learning for students."

Students first

Assessment: Feedback to Promote Student Learning (PDF 1.40MB)
Use the 'good assessment and feedback guidelines' (pp. 15-17) to begin a discussion about the priorities for your department/faculty.

Me and My School is a student engagement survey designed for New Zealand students in years 7 to 10. The survey measures how connected students feel to their school, and how they view themselves as learners. Students’ scores on the survey can be converted to locations on a described engagement scale, and their levels of engagement tracked over time and compared with national benchmarks.

Supporting effective teaching

Literacy Online: Literacy in the learning areas
Looks at literacy in seven learning areas.

Published on: 19 Jun 2012