The development process of the draft Strategy was iterative, with many opportunities to meet and provide feedback. Teachers across the entire profession from ECE to Tertiary, in English and Māori medium settings, helped shape the draft of the Strategy through an online survey, focus groups and discussions. 

Consultation of the draft strategy ran for three months, beginning in December 2017. We received 191 submissions through the online survey, email or hard copy. 

Who responded to the consultation, by sector.

The feedback from the profession was positive; many respondents welcomed the Strategy and its timeliness.  

The Leadership Capability Framework was outlined as an initiative in the draft Leadership Strategy and was developed in response to positive feedback during the consultation. The Framework outlines the core capabilities needed for effective leadership and what the capabilities look like in different spheres of leadership influence: organisational, team or middle, expert teachers and those who take responsibility for an initiative. It is a practical tool to identify, grow and develop leadership capability.  

We consulted on the Framework with those involved in the development of the Leadership Strategy and education agencies during July 2018. 

The finalised Strategy and Framework were launched to the teaching profession in August 2018. 

Sector events

Academic Forums, February 2017 and July 2017



Dr Linda Bendikson
Dr Jan Robertson
Professor Jane Gilbert
Dr Jenny Poskitt
Dr Cathy Wylie
Dr Kate Thornton
Professor Eileen Piggot Irvine
Associate Professor Anne Hynds
Associate Professor Mere Berryman
Professor Ross Notman
Dr Adrienne Alton Lee
Professor Roger Moltzen
Chair: Anthony Mackay

Education Council

Robyn Baker
Frances Nelson
Linda Stockham

Focus We considered what effective leadership would look like in a future New Zealand context and how we could achieve this vision. We hosted the second forum to establish next steps for the strategy.

Research paper: Synthesis of views from the first Academic Forum

Academic Forum summary graphic

Research paper: Synthesis of views from the second Academic Forum

Agency Symposium, March 2017

Participants Ministry of Education
Education Review Office
Education Council
New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Tertiary Education Commission
Focus We considered the position of the profession, how we could use data to make sense of the bigger picture, tell a story and show connections.
Resources Summary graphic

Profession Forum, March 2017 and August 2017


Auckland Kindergarten Association
Auckland Primary Principals’ Association
Canterbury Primary Principals' Association
Independent Schools of New Zealand
Ngā Kura A Iwi
NZ Association of Intermediate and Middle Schooling
NZ Catholic Education Office
NZ Council of Deans
NZ Kindergartens
NZ Normal and Model Schools
NZ Principals Federation
NZ Secondary Principals' Council
NZEI Te Riu Roa
Otago Primary Principals' Association
Pasifika Principals Association
Te Rito Maioha
Wellington Regional Primary Principals' Association

Unable to attend:

Early Childhood Council
NZ Area Schools Association
Secondary Principals’ Association NZ
Tertiary Education Forum Aotearoa NZ
Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kaupapa Māori
Te Akatea - Māori Principals’ Assocation

Focus We discussed what would help leaders be effective, what the vision is for the state of leadership to be in ten years and how to get there. 

Insight: Synthesis of views from the Professional Forum

Research paper: Synthesis of views from the second Professional Forum 

Māori Leadership Forum, June 2017


Aronui Limited
Education Review Office
Ministry of Education
Ngā Kura a Iwi
St Joseph’s Māori girls school
Te Akatea National Māori Principals Association
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi
Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu
Te Puni Kokiri
Te Whare Wānanga o Awānuiarangi
Tertiary Education Commission
The University of Auckland
Waikato University
Focus 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 
Resources Insight: Synthesis of views from the Māori Leadership Forum