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The way we teach the next generation will affect the future they create. Our work in education has covered many facets of New Zealand’s school experience, including school leadership, curriculum, access to schools, and partnership schools.

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The future is not (only) digital

By Kieran Madden


“The Fourth Industrial Revolution” is upon us—the exponential rise in technology that is set to disrupt every aspect of our…

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‘Cash for class’ a bankrupt idea

By Guest Author


According to PISA, 42% of New Zealand students are skipping school at least once every two weeks. Why are kids…

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“Beautiful as heaven, lonely as hell”

“Beautiful as heaven, lonely as hell”

By Julian Wood


I have heard friends of mine visiting New Zealand describe it as “beautiful as heaven, and lonely as hell.” If…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2016 | Achieving Change


Using evidence to empower educators and help students succeed Every parent, teacher, principal, policy expert, and education leader wants an…

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Free tertiary policy lacks precision

Free tertiary policy lacks precision

By Julian Wood


I never knew the “glory days” of tertiary education where everything was free. After high school I was ushered into…

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Social skills to pay the bills

By Kieran Madden


Modern workplaces are like preschool. Our schools and homes should be too. At preschool “children move from art projects to…

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Is education the great equaliser?

By Kieran Madden


Last week, New Zealand got a glowing report card from the OECD for our economic performance and the policies set…

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What’s happened to Finland’s schools?

What’s happened to Finland’s schools?

By Jane Silloway Smith


Spend any time with an education reformer and you’re likely to hear something about Finland. This Scandinavian country of 5.5…

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Back to school

Back to school

By Jane Silloway Smith


Uniforms are washed and ready to wear; iPads are fully charged; and backpacks are laden with fresh stationary supplies –…

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School Leadership: Our quick explainer

School Leadership: Our quick explainer


Quality leadership can help improve student outcomes. It is especially important in shaping a school’s climate, classroom conditions and teachers’…

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Research Note: Anchoring the Abstract – what good school leadership looks like

By Luke Fenwick


What is the “magic” of great school leaders, and how do we replicate it? What does it look like when…

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Policy Paper: Joining Forces – nine ways to improve leadership in New Zealand schools

By Luke Fenwick


What is the “magic” of great school leaders, and how do we replicate it? What does it look like when…

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A look at Labour’s education plan

A look at Labour’s education plan


Labour leader David Cunliffe pulled the covers off Labour’s shiny new education policy at the recent Labour Party Congress. With…

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What’s happening with National’s school leadership policy?

What’s happening with National’s school leadership policy?


Remember how the National Party announced a $359 million School Leadership policy in January this year? Earlier this month we…

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Game Changers – why principals matter

Game Changers – why principals matter


Education is important. You may think of learning as a passport to opportunity. You may see it as a source…

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Game Changers | On leading and learning


Perspectives from Iva Ropati, Viviane Robinson and Tim O’Connor on the non-negotiables of leading kids to success in school. As…

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Think again

Think again


I caught myself last week saying, “you learn something new every day.”  I try to avoid using clichés that can…

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Dear Steven Joyce, there’s more to life than productivity

Dear Steven Joyce, there’s more to life than productivity


Last week Steven Joyce released the Tertiary Education Strategy for the next five years. There are no great surprises. The Government’s focus…

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Inspired by the evidence

Inspired by the evidence


Sixteen years ago, I got a diligence award from school. I had no idea what diligence was, and when I…

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What difference do school leaders really make?

What difference do school leaders really make?


Think of a leader, any leader. I’d bet very few people would first think of a principal. It’s more likely…

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