Hanmer Springs School - A Case Study

Brendan Wright is the Principal of Hanmer Springs School in Canterbury and has been involved with the Ariki Project since 2009. Ariki Project Regional Director Lyn Bird talks to Brendan about his experience with the project and the benefits it has brought to his school.

Listen to this conversation with Brendan Wright mp3


Leadership Development with Jan Robertson

Dr Jan Robertson, Leadership Consultant, Waiheke Island and Former Director of The London Centre for Leadership in Learning, talks with David Stewart about her recent work.

Addressed in the conversation are the similarities and differences in the way various authorities manage leadership development in their areas and the nature of the problems that they signal that they wish to address with this work. Jan talks about how the UK National College for School Leadership has widened its scope and why it has changed its name to The National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services. Talk ranges around the possible implications of these kinds of developments for the current New Zealand Ministry of Education initiative of closely linking student assessment with leadership programmes.

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Using a decision tree to work with National Standards

Deciding what sort of decision you are faced with and with whom you should consult in the process, is probably as important as actually making the decision. This is one of the judgement aspects of decision making. We have chosen to illustrate the pathway of this thinking with a conversation between two principals based around a decision tree. In this case the complex decision required is how to deal with the National Standards requirements and the decision tree selected is based on the work of Victor Vroom.

(Vroom, V. H., & Jago, A. G. (1988). The new leadership: Managing participation in organizations. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.)

You can try this decision making tree for yourself at:

A further on-line reference you may like to visit:

If you find this short role play useful please leave a comment. The Ariki Team are keen to make more of these podcasts if colleagues find them worthwhile.

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Ariki Process Discussion

The two year trial of the Ariki Project is nearing its end and the programme evaluation phase will be completed by December 2010. At a recent seminar of Regional Directors it was decided to record this conversation where the group looked back over their last two years’ work. The participants are:

  • Gary Punler responsible for Manawatu;
  • Liz Millar responsible for Wellington;
  • Dr Lyn Bird responsible for Christchurch;
  • Dr Wendy Bamford responsible for Central Otago;
  • Kay Tester responsible for ArikiRural; and
  • Dr David Stewart, project director.

Running through this discussion are the notions that there are multiple ways of thinking and many ways of achieving the same aim – which we call Professional Discretion;

the belief that teachers are professionals and that schools function as teams – which we call Collegial Obligations;

that Reflective Inquiry and Discourse is the core of professional interaction and development; and

and that Evidenced based Professional practice can be spread across all school activity.      

These values are supported with the evidence we are accumulating through the programme evaluation data and we are all looking forward to expanding the project to further interested groups in 2011. Please contact us if you would like any further information.

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Wendy Kofoed

Dr Wendy Kofoed, principal of Newmarket School, talks with David Stewart about her recent Doctor of Education thesis: Written Reporting: Strengthening learning partnerships through purposeful reporting.

The conversation covers an outline of the main purposes of the study, the questions that were addressed and the methodology for so doing. An explanation of the kind and range of data is given. There is a discussion about what this means for schools and how some of the contemporary issues might be addressed. National Standards bring new demands for schools and Dr Kofoed explains the relationship between her research and the current pressures to implement these notions in schools' written reporting schedules.

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Slide Reference:
Kofoed, W.J. Written Reporting: Strengthening learning partnerships through purposeful reporting. Auckland University, Unpublished Doctor of Education Thesis. 2009.

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