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Middle Leader Symposium

October 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

The Auckland NZEALS Branch invites you to join a FREE middle leader face to face mini- symposium. To be held at Grey Lynn School (Auckland Central), 14th October (2nd Thursday of the semester break), 11am- 2.30pm (Note morning tea and registration from 10.30am).

There are many approaches and methods that promote leadership development dependent on individual’s specific needs, but, networking, sharing practice, in- school practice and building your own capacity through study are just some that we know work.

A survey of the development needs of 436 middle leaders (Bush, T. & Glover, D. 2004 NCSL), identified that eight of the top 10 items relate directly to building expertise in leading teaching and learning:

  • taking action to address problems in teaching quality and competence
  • monitoring and evaluating the work of all staff teaching the subject
  • monitoring and evaluating progress of all pupils
  • taking action to address problems in pupil progress
  • long-term planning for development of the subject
  • promoting effective teaching of the subject
  • developing assessment, recording and reporting policies and practice
  • ongoing development of own teaching methodologies

So, middle leaders how can this symposium support your learning?

Come along, listen and be challenged by 1st time principals, key note speakers sharing their knowledge and a range of breakout sessions that hopefully resonate with your vision for learners and leadership. Take time to share experiences with other middle leaders over a lovely lunch and during breaks. And, how much will this cost you? Nothing but your commitment to be there!!!


10:30 - 11:00 am Registration and tea and coffee
11:00 am Key note speaker- Perry Rush (President of NZPF) -The challenge of being an ‘outstanding’ school leader NOW!
11:45 am Panel of 1st time Principals talking about their pathways, successes and challenges followed by Q&A facilitated by Dr Anne Malcolm.
12:20 pm Keynote speaker -Mary-Anne Murphy- Director and Founder of Momentum Learning- Emotional Leadership- Steering your moral compass to be an ethical and empathetic leader.
1:10 pm – 1:40 pm Lunch- Being together
1:40 pm - 2:15 pm

Breakout sessions - sadly you can only choose One

  • 2 DPs share their journey- to becoming senior leaders
  • Sandra Jenkins (Co-founder & Director at Autens Pasifika) A career of school leadership – reflections on my journey
  • Pacific learners – Understanding what successful partnerships with family looks like.. Helen Varney from Tautai o le moana
  • Ensuring Maori Learners can be successful –in every school and every classroom as Maori MAC presentation


NZEALS, is long term New Zealand cross sector leadership non-profit group. In 2021, we have held to date, 4 online forums focussed on leaders sharing dialogue . The overarching theme of ‘Being the Leader you need to be’. We have considered navigating leadership, relational leadership, leadership for social good, culturally responsive leadership.

We do ask that if you sign up for this mini (face to face) symposium that you come along. Our speakers are giving their time to support your leadership.

We welcome all educational leaders to this conference, which includes middle leaders, aspirant leaders, teacher leaders and leaders of learning.

Register Now for the Symposium


October 14
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Grey Lynn School
44 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn
Auckland, 1021 New Zealand
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09 376 3255
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