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About Us

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle empowers Kāhui Ako, kaiako, teachers, school leaders and tumuaki to achieve better outcomes for students and learners.

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Languages, Culture & Identity

We offer programmes, workshops, in-person classroom support, online support and resources to help strengthen language learning in New Zealand schools.

Cultural competencies

Pacific-Led Education

Empowering educators, students, and communities to shape a future of educational excellence that is firmly rooted in Pacific identity and aspirations.

Improving instructional dexterity

Literacy and Numeracy

We work with schools to build the literacy and numeracy capability of school leaders and teachers to accelerate learning outcomes for all students.

Growing Great Leaders™ 1: Leadership Essentials

Growing Great Leaders™ 1: Leadership Essentials is a research-informed leadership development opportunity that is relevant to school leaders at all career stages.

Growing Great Leaders™ 1: Leadership Essentials

Educational Leadership







3 full day workshops



Face to face









GGL™ 1: Leadership Essentials provides practical, relevant insights into the ongoing challenges school leaders face as they work with others to progress their school’s priorities. This type of learning is most valuable and has the greatest impact when a team of three or more from a school attend together.

About the course

Course information

Who will benefit from this course?

The course gives leaders the critical fundamentals and the big picture of leadership theory. It is suitable for leaders, such as:

  • Principals
  • Deputy, Associate and Assistant Principals
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Faculties
  • Senior Teachers
  • Team Leaders
  • Pastoral Leaders.

This type of learning is most valuable and has the greatest impact when a team of three or more from a school attend together.

Growing Great Leaders™ 1: Leadership Essentials is offered as a face-to-face course over three full days.

Workshops are hosted in modern, attractive venues and offer rich opportunities to interact with others.

GGL™ 1: Leadership Essentials emphasises collaborative learning to ensure that participants are not only equipped with enhanced knowledge and skills but also with an expanded professional network.

2024 Course Dates:

Cohort 1: May 2nd, May 16th, May 30th. Each day will start at 10.00am and finish by 3.30pm.

Venue: Tui Tuia | Learning Circle, Level 9, 67 Symonds Street, Auckland, 1010.

Refreshments: Tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival and lunch will be provided.



  • GGL™ 1: Leadership Essentials is also available on request as a tailored, in-school professional development experience. Please contact us for further information and costings if you are interested in this option.
  • Click here to explore online options for GGL™ 1 Leadership Essentials.
What we will cover

This course turns research evidence around student-centred leadership into digestible learning experiences that can be easily applied in your day-to-day context. You will have the knowledge, skills and strategies to:

  • Understand your role as a leader both individually, and in the context of school development priorities
  • Cultivate relational trust through your day-to-day actions and interactions
  • Master the art of solving complex challenges
  • Maximise student outcomes by having an effective plan around goals, systems and resources


Growing Great Leaders™ 1: Leadership Essentials covers six modules. Each module is aligned to the Student-centred Leadership™ model and is designed to provide both theoretical and practical application for the educational context. Download the printable brochure here.


$1450 + GST each (or 25% discount for 3 or more participants from the same school)

To access this workshop using Regionally-allocated PLD (RA-PLD) hours, please send through an enquiry or fill in the form on our contact page.


Feedback from previous participants

Here is what Principals both locally and internationally have to say about our facilitators and their GGL™ experience:

The leadership PLD that our 40 senior leaders recently undertook has been invaluable in supporting Rangitoto College's review of our strategic plan. Our leaders enjoyed the pragmatic facilitation style -- taking the best of educational research and making it accessible and relevant for our setting." 

Patrick Gale, Principal, Rangitoto College

GGL™ Module 6 reflected the idea of effective teaching by demonstrating several of the concept's developed dimensions. The session was not just a reminder of how significant teaching is, rather, it was a prediction of how crucial it would be in the future. as leaders, we are responsible for the performance of the teaching purpose, which is the most important function of the educational system. The module was really well prepared, and it had the appropriate flow of discussion as well as everyone's attention. Breakout sessions that utilised the strength of high trust discussion values and relevance helped participants gain a good understanding of some key areas of concern. We are confident that the workshops will provide us with a wealth of new knowledge.
A key takeaway from this course is that it has supported our leaders to understand the value of professional reflective practice in education. A knowledgeable group of experienced professionals managed to tailor the course to the education context of the UAE, as they have experience with leading teaching and learning in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We have had very positive feedback from our international leaders, including our Arabic Language and Islamic leadership teams who attended. It is evident in their daily practice leading their teams that they have grown tremendously over the past few months, following the completion of the course. Our senior leaders are leading with confidence, and this course has made a significant difference in how we lead our school!

Senior Principal | Abu Dhabi

The course supported in developing leadership practices to further improve student outcomes. A great tool to reflect on our current practices and prepare for school inspection.

Megha Kapoor, Vice Principal | Abu Dhabi


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Growing Great Leaders Leadership Essentials Cohort 1 2024

3-day course. Day 1 - 2nd May, Day 2, 16th May, Day 3 - 30th May. Each day will commence at 10.00am and conclude by 3.30pm. Venue - Tui Tuia | Learning Circle, Level 9, 67 Symonds Street, Auckland, 1010.

2024-05-02 10:00 am
2024-05-30 3:30 pm