Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF)

TLIF supports teams of qualified teachers from early learning services, ngā kōhanga reo, schools and kura to collaboratively develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes. Round 4 closed on 22 February 2018.

About the Teacher-led Innovation Fund

The fund supports teams of teachers to develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes especially for students who are Māori, Pasifika, have special education needs, or come from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Projects could involve applying existing teaching practices in new ways or exploring new practices to see if they can improve learning outcomes.

To support students’ learning pathways, project teams are encouraged to partner with post-secondary education providers as well as and business and community organisations, where relevant to the project.

The funding provides an opportunity for teachers to:

  • inquire into ‘puzzles of practice’, with other kaiako/teachers, to find ways of helping individual (or groups of) students to succeed 
  • work in partnership with experts, for example, academics, researchers, community and/or cultural leaders, innovation experts
  • share what works with other kura/schools/services and educators across New Zealand.

How TLIF funding can be used

The funding applied for must align with the purpose, scope, scale and expected benefits of the project.

Projects can include and fund tertiary organisations as appropriate.

The fund allows for project teams to bring in additional expertise if they need to. 

Some of the current and completed TLIF projects

Successful projects from rounds 1-3

Current and completed TLIF projects

Evaluation of TLIF 

The Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) is part of investing in educational success (IES) initiative to raise student achievement and strengthening teaching and education leadership. TLIF aimed to support teachers to develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes, especially for students who are Māori, Pasifika, need additional support to learn, or come from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

This independent evaluation of the Teacher-Led Innovation Fund (TLIF) – using information from the first 3 rounds – shows that whilst some TLIF projects have been successful, there are also challenges that need to be solved to help TLIF improve.

Download the executive summary and full report (external link)

Resources for teachers thinking of entering the next round

 

 

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