27 - 28 Jul 2020Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
Event Details
  • Conference
  • Early bird price $999 + GST
  • Early bird ends on 22 Jun
  • Last minute price $1299 + GST
  • 27 - 28 Jul 2020
  • Workshop(s)
  • Early bird price from $599 + GST
  • Early bird ends on 22 Jun
  • Last minute price from $699 + GST
  • 29 Jul 2020
  • Auckland


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Ministerial Address
The evolution of New Zealand education, a regulation update
  • An update of changes to regulations and an overview of new legislation that will impact New Zealand school leaders
  • How the wellbeing budget and reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system will impact education across all levels
  • Examine the changes to NCEA and Learning Support that are occurring at the legislative level
  • Examine the inner workings of these policies and their promised effects
Flipping mainstream leadership on its head: Re(placing) school leadership through process thinking and Leadership-as-Practice (L-A-P)

We work in education systems around the world that are besotted with leadership. But what do we mean by leadership? How can we be aware of leadership as it is occurring? And what does this mean for learning across and within schools? In this interactive session, Dr Howard Youngs will provide a refreshing and alternative way to understanding leadership as a process and practice. In doing so our gaze shifts from practitioners (leaders) to practices, from assuming leadership has substance in exceptional individuals to recognising leadership in the present as it is occurring. The session is informed through Howard’s collaborative work and research with some Auckland schools and their development, and international networks in and beyond education, who argue for a change to mainstream approaches with how we understand leadership.

Dr Howard Youngs, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology
Morning break
Governance and senior management - creating a strong board relationship
  • How school leaders can develop and nurture these relationships in the high-intensity environment of school management
  • Recognising the need for a strong connection between leadership and governance
  • How will the reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system affect the way that governance operates in schools
Lorraine Kerr, President, New Zealand School Trustees Association
Identifying and dealing with crisis - Developing critical issues toolkits

Developing a structural relationship and a set of tools to deal with the issues that face school management is an essential tool for school leaders. Hear about what can be done to avoid crisis, and manage challenging personalities and situations.

  • Learn negotiation tools for dealing with challenging situations and personalities
  • Identify the warning signs of a potential crisis
  • Real life examples of crisis management
Dr Petra Theunissen, Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology
Table Talks
  • School leaders’ biggest challenges
  • How can innovative leadership practices influence school culture?
Lunch break
Principals panel – How principals are using innovation and creative thinking to manage everyday issues

Principals with a wide variance in resources across the country are using innovation to better their schools and communities. Hear them speak about what they are doing and how it has impacted their schools

  • Real examples of innovative practices
  • Recognise leadership tools that can be used creatively for school management
  • Identify how issues like ineffective time management and lack of structure can cause difficulties in school leadership
Simon Lamb, Principal, King's College
Mike Anderson, Principal, Waimairi School
Creating great culture – How culture defines a working environment

Healthy culture is a signal of success in any sector. Learn how creating great culture can help retain staff and create a positive and supportive environment.

  • Examine how a toxic culture can negatively impact productivity in the workplace
  • How culture shapes school environments
  • Learn how to create a structure conducive to positive and supportive school culture
Panel – How principals are creating positive school cultures across the country

Learn how principals are taking action to supercharge their school’s culture. Hear from principals from a range of schools, about practical techniques that can be used to create these environments.

  • Unlocking the key to culture, how leadership and behaviour builds a school culture
  • Principals who have created diverse cultures
  • Learn techniques to build and manage culture
David Ferguson, Headmaster, Westlake Boys
Yolande Franke, Principal, Somerville Intermediate School
Claire Amos, Principal, Albany Senior High
Afternoon break
Future leaders – Identifying and training staff for leadership positions
  • Developing and identifying leadership talent is essential for school leaders. Learning these skills can have a beneficial impact on management school-wide
  • What are the key characteristics of leadership?
  • What mechanisms can facilitate growth for emerging and new leaders?
  • Creating frameworks to mentor and encourage middle leadership
Miranda Makin, Professional Expert, The NZ Leadership Programme
Why Biculturalism? Māori culture in our educational environments

It is essential for schools in Aotearoa New Zealand to take account of Māori and tangata whenua principles and concepts. Creating a welcoming environment for Māori culture, language and identity in every classroom is crucial. This talk reboots the concept of biculturalism to include bilingualism: te reo Māori plays a central role. Topics covered include:

  • The implications of te reo Māori being included in the new professional standards for teachers
  • The impact of Māori culture in schools across Aotearoa New Zealand, and how various elements of New Zealand heritage can be taught in schools
  • How Māori content can enhance school learning and administration systems.
Georgina Stewart, Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology
Māori leaders panel – Inspiring examples of Māori culture being utilised in NZ schools

Hear from Māori school leaders about what they have done to integrate tangata whenua into their schools and how they are educating future generations to have a full understanding of Māori culture.

  • Understand the impact that the teaching of Māori culture has upon students across NZ
  • Hear positive examples of real schools that have integrated tangata whenua into their school culture
  • Learn how school leaders can create environments that are respectful of Māori culture
Tom Paekau, Principal, Merivale School
Haley Milne, Principal, Kia Aroha College
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking Drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Keynote – Applying creativity and innovation to leadership, the positive impact of thinking outside of the box
  • Examine how creative leadership and unorthodox management can benefit schools
  • Learn how innovative thinking and planning can revitalise management
  • Hear inspirational stories about facing and overcoming adversity
Shay Wright, Co Founder, Te Whare Hukahuka
Creating strategic HR plans - frameworks/models to benefit school environments
  • Develop an understanding of basic HR tools, and how they can be used within school environments
  • Examples of HR strategy/frameworks that can be applied at school
  • Learn how to apply HR tools to deal with day-to-day school operations
Emily Clayton, Human Resources Consultant, Positive People Human Resource Management Consultancy
Morning break
Interactive session: Developing structure for mediation – how developed mediation practices can help prevent unnecessary escalation

Schools across the country are suffering from unnecessary escalation and resultant litigation. Learn how an effective mediation structure can benefit education environments and reduce crisis.

  • Engage with real-life examples of schools that utilised structure to provide mediation and avoid escalation
  • How to develop a structure to facilitate mediation within school environments
  • Embrace techniques to avoid escalation and avoidable crises
Table Talks
  • How could an effectively structured HR policy impact my school?
  • What can I do to change things in my school?
Lunch break
Education and the Law – how legislative changes and practices are changing how school leaders interact with their schools
  • The latest employment law trends like restrictions on trial periods, adjustment of union rights and domestic violence leave
  • Examine legal issues surrounding discipline and avoid ‘kiwi suspension’
  • Learn to engage and educate staff about law changes that will affect them directly
Gretchen Stone, Partner, Harrison Stone Lawyers
School-wide wellbeing and health education: The role of school leaders

Mental wellbeing amongst staff is crucial to creating a productive and supportive environment. Understand the key elements to a supportive environment conducive to positive mental health is essential in the 21st-century classroom.

  • Recognise signs of mental health deterioration amongst staff
  • Approaching Hauora issues in a respectful and appropriate manner
  • Proactive measures and frameworks to promote wellbeing and mitigate harm
Katie Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor, University of Auckland
Mental health and ‘burn-out’ in the workplace, tools New Zealand school leaders are using to support their staff

Hear about principals and school leaders from across New Zealand, and what tools they are providing to support for their staff.

  • Examine practical examples of mental health support in schools
  • Focus on the essential role of a leader within schoolwide support systems
  • Gain insight into the tools school leaders use to support their staff and avoid staff burn-out
Jack Boyle, President, PPTA
Closing remarks from the Chair
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