New Zealand School Leadership Forum 2018

Event Details
separately bookable workshops
Change leadership in schools
5 December | 9.00am – 12.30pm

Leading change is a critical skill for successful school leaders in today’s rapidly changing world. This halfday workshop will teach you how to promote a change mindset as a Principal or senior leader and to empower your team despite uncertainty

  • Understanding the difference between leading change and managing change 
  • Communicating the need for change and gaining buy-in 
  • Understanding the change cycle in regard to each group/individual impacted 
  • Prioritising goals within a realistic time frame 
  • How to strongly present change to inspire confidence in the outcomes 
  • Introducing a change management framework for schools 
  • Tools for manging apprehension and resistance 
  • Ways to empower team leaders, teachers, students and their families/whanau 
  • Strengthening the benefits of change and presenting a win-win situation 
  • Reviewing the change process and adapting as necessary


Samantha Patel

Registered Psychologist

Responsive Consulting

MSc (Criminological Psychology), BSc Psychology (Hons), PG Cert Cultural Diversity in Therapy and Counselling. For almost twenty years Sam has worked internationally in a variety of specialist front line and senior management roles. Working across both public and private sectors Sam has significant experience of designing and facilitating group work to a range of complex needs clients. This includes cognitive skills training with youth, ensuring education, training and employment opportunities for learners who have been excluded/struggled to gains qualification from school and working with learners who have low levels of literacy and numeracy. Safeguarding the well-being of leaders and practitioners within learning environments and when working with complex groups / individuals / families is an area of interest for Sam. Sam’s senior leadership experience has involved leading change within the increased use of a business model framework. As a registered Psychologist and Chartered member of the Institute of Organisational Psychology (New Zealand Psychological Society), Sam applies contemporary psychological principles to her work and adopts a strengths, value-based approach. Above all, ensuring dynamic responsiveness to individuals, teams and organisations.

Essential HR skills for school leaders
5 December: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

School leaders must manage a range of HR issues not always taught at University and Teachers College. They must have the knowledge of a qualified HR specialist to manage staff, especially in this time of employment reform. This half day workshop seeks to outline the legal obligations and best practice that school leaders need to know to operate effectively in the modern school environment. 

  • How to have crucial conversations correctly 
  • Dealing with disciplinary actions
  • How to address discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace 
  • How the new employment law reforms will impact on the teaching work environment 
  • Understanding the changes to unions, strikes and collective bargaining obligations 
  • Legal obligations in relation to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 
  • Important case law precedents school leaders need to know 
  • Outlining best practice examples to follow for dealing with HR matters

James Pullar

Senior Associate

Taylor Shaw Barristers & Solicitors

James is a Senior Associate at Taylor Shaw and specialises in Education law. James regularly acts for School Boards of Trustees, Principals, teachers, parents and other stake holders in all matters arising in a School context. This typically includes issues such as: disputes with the Ministry, employment law issues, resolving parental complaints, student discipline (suspension/exclusion), building/construction disputes and debt recovery. Beyond education law, James has a broad civil litigation practice and regularly appears for clients embroiled in civil disputes before the District Court, High Court, Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court.

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