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Leadership Strategy

Every member of a teaching team needs to exercise context and task-specific leadership if the work of the team is to contribute to the collective goal of achieving equity and excellence of student outcomes. That’s why we’re working with the profession, academics, Māori, providers, and our shared education agencies to build an agreed leadership strategy. 

Announcing the draft strategy

After over a year of consultation with the profession, we’re pleased to share the draft leadership strategy for the teaching profession. Consultation has now closed. All feedback will help to finalise the new leadership strategy. 

Consultation for the draft strategy began in December 2017 and ran for three months. We received 191 submissions through the online survey, email or hard copy. Read the full consultation summary here to find out more about who responded and what they said.

The intent of the leadership strategy is to promote and enhance leadership learning at all levels and across a range of roles and positions; now and in the future. The desired outcome is that it sets out an enduring framework for leadership learning and how we can identify, support and grow leadership learning across all settings and for all teachers.

The draft strategy is the result of a collaborative process with the wider education profession. During 2017, the Education Council convened a number of fora with a broad range of groups. These fora involved academics, education agencies and members of the wider teaching profession and included specific opportunities for educators in both early childhood education and Māori medium settings to engage in the development of the thinking. The development process has been iterative, with multiple opportunities to meet and to critique each other’s work. This has enabled the strategy to be shaped and re-shaped as it responds to emerging trends and conceptual understanding underpinning our unique Aotearoa New Zealand landscape.

Our work to date

Prior to launching this draft strategy, we’ve hosted events across the sector to set priorities and make plans. 

At the Academic Forum in February 2017, we got together with sector leaders to consider what effective leadership would look like in a future New Zealand context, and how we can achieve this vision. We released a research paper, and a summary graphic. We hosted a second Academic Forum in July to establish next steps for the leadership strategy. Here's the research paper from that event. More information about the Academic Forum.

The Agency Symposium brought together the Ministry of Education and other education sector organisations to consider where our profession stands, and how we can use data to make sense of the bigger picture, tell a story, and show connections. This image summarises our insights from the forum. More information about the Agency Symposium.

In March 2017, we hosted a Profession Conference with peak bodies to discuss what will help leaders be effective, what we want the state of leadership to be in ten years, and what will get us there? Following the conference, we released an insights paper. We released this insights paper after our second Profession Conference in August. More information about the Profession Conference.

We held a Māori Leadership Forum in June 2017 to start a conversation with Māori education leaders about how the leadership strategy should be framed and what critical elements it should include. The participants considered what must happen to widen the spread of knowledge about Māori leadership knowledge, skills and resources across the profession. Following the forum, we released an insights paperMore information about the Māori Leadership Forum.

Get involved

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Leadership for Communities of Learning: Five Think Pieces

First Academic Forum

Agency Symposium

Professional Conference for Representative Groups from the Profession 

Forum for Māori Representative Groups in Education

Second Academic Forum 

Second Professional Conference

Consultation on a National Leadership Strategy

Young People's Insights 

Middle Leadership Paper

MOE Provided Leadership Professional Learning 2017 and 2018

Discussion Paper: Leadership for Communities of Learning

Academic Forum Summary Graphic

High Level Strategy Development Table

Summary Teacher Survey

Discussion Paper: Leadership for Communities of Learning (PDF, 681KB)

Leadership Think-Pieces (PDF, 2.1 MB)

Blenheim Communities of Schools (Pwrpnt)

National Leadership Forum Workshop (PDF)

Keynote Jamie Fitzgerald Wellington 8 July (PDF, 1.4MB)

Keynote Melissa Clark-Reynolds Napier 22 June (PDF, 33.1MB)

Growing Great Leaders - Improving Progress (PDF, 45KB)

Trust Building and Collaboration (PDF, 2.1MB)

Education Council National Leadership Forum 10 June (video)