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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.

Learning Schools

Tui Tuia’s Educational Leadership has a team of experts who can work in partnership with you and the Te Pūtahi | Woolf Fisher Research Centre to co-design for improvement in School-wide Assessment Capability for Leadership Teams.

Learning Schools

Educational Leadership



School partnership





12 months










School-wide Assessment Capability for Leadership Teams: Set up or evaluate your school-wide assessment system with rigour and use data insights to make change and drive improved outcomes for students.

About the course

Course information

Tui Tuia’s Educational Leadership has a team of experts who can work in partnership with you and the Te Pūtahi | Woolf Fisher Research Centre to co-design for improvement in School-wide Assessment Capability for Leadership Teams based on the Learning Schools Model approach.

Co-design can mean tailoring an existing approach to your school or designing a new approach. The partnership is based on the principles of ‘rigour with respect’.  There is rigour in the analysis and interrogation of data, the PLD design, and the associated changes to teaching and learning, with respect for the context and expertise that exists within schools.

In 2024 the intake is focused on School-wide Assessment Capability for Leadership Teams.  

What your school/Kāhui Ako will gain:

  • Ability to set-up or evaluate your school-wide assessment system with rigour.
  • School-wide assessment plans and tools that are reliable and valid in their assessment design and conditions.  
  • Knowledge of standardised assessments - the pros, cons, limitations and opportunities.
  • Understanding what constitutes progress and acceleration and how best to assess these.
  • Design of appropriate test conditions.
  • Exploration of the  role of standards and benchmarking.
  • Understanding summative and formative assessment.
  • Linking assessment purpose to curriculum goals.
  • Using data insights to make change.
  • The role of evaluation and driving for improved outcomes for students.

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What we will cover

Your commitment:

This is a bespoke engagement which typically runs for 12 months and generally involves:

  • Up to six engagement meetings with SLT  
    • Several meetings with relevant teachers and leaders


    Utilising RAPLD, this mahi is free to schools or Kāhui Ako within the greater Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland area. We can work with you to shape up your Writing challenge and support you to submit your application.



    Lai, Mei Kuin, McNaughton, Stuart, Jesson, Rebecca,& Wilson, Aaron. (2020). Research-practice partnerships for school improvement: The Learning Schools Model. UK: Emerald Publishing Ltd

    To see how Learning Schools has been applied in a Kāhui Ako with a focus on Writing, please read this article: Partnerships find solutions to complex challenges

    For more general information about Learning Schools and how it has been designed and tested for nearly 20 years, please listen to this podcast: Innovative Research Methodologies: The learning schools approach

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