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Learning exchange with Australia

The Teaching Council has a unique opportunity for New Zealand teachers to take part in a learning exchange programme with Australia.

The Council has been working with Social Ventures Australia (SVA), with the aim of creating a ‘learning partnership’ with our education neighbours across the ditch.

SVA is a not-for-profit organisation that works with schools in Australia through the ‘Bright Spots Connection’ programme which provides support and capacity development to leadership teams in high-performing but disadvantaged schools to improve outcomes of learners. It then helps spread those learnings across the education system.

SVA has approached the Teaching Council to explore the potential for developing a learning exchange: a group of Australian educational leaders would tour main New Zealand centres - visiting schools, centres, agencies and the Teaching Council to listen and share learning around several themes including:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bi-cultural practice
  • Cultural competencies and curriculum design
  • The future of assessment
  • Student agency and the role of meta-cognition

The Teaching Council invites expressions of interest from schools and centres in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch that would be interested in hosting the ‘Bright Spots Connection’ and participating in this learning exchange during the period of September 16 to September 30, 2019. Due to the short tour dates, this exchange is limited to these three main centres.

The Council’s role is to act as a conduit and assist in the implementation of the learning partnership. We believe there is an opportunity to develop a reciprocal relationship that will offer New Zealand teachers an opportunity to partner with Australian counterparts to share best practice and learning in an ongoing and mutually beneficial way.

Please find detailed information about this here.

If your school or centre is interested in pursuing this opportunity, please register your interest.

If you have specific questions, please email