How we developed the Common Practice Model

The Common Practice Model has been developed collaboratively and reflects sector experience and research findings.

In October 2022, we brought together a group of contributors who partnered with us to help define the principles, pedagogical approaches and practices of the Common Practice Model (CPM).

These contributors joined 1 of 2 groups:

  • 1 that focused on literacy & communication
  • 1 that focused on maths.

In addition, we established focus groups consisting of teachers and school leaders who had contacted us with an interest in the development of the CPM. These focus groups enabled us to test the thinking, direction and content of the CPM as it was developed.

An inclusive practices group was also established to ensure that the CPM considers the learning needs of all students. Members represent perspectives of students who are neurodivergent, gifted, have disabilities or have linguistically diverse backgrounds. This group has provided advice and feedback on the CPM as it was developed.

Process to establish the CPM contributors groups

We followed a formal procurement process to invite nominations to be considered for selection to the contributors groups.

Our approach was to:

  • send a 'registration of interest' (ROI) to sector organisations and peak bodies to provide them an opportunity to receive access to the 'request for nominations' process where they would be able to submit nominated members for consideration for the CPM contributors groups
  • those that responded to the ROI by 15 September 2022 then received the request for nominations details
  • the request for nominations closed on 1pm on 6 October
  • on receiving the nominations, the Ministry reviewed them against pre-determined selection criteria to select 12 members to the literacy & communication group and 12 members to the maths group.

Each group is now working together to develop the Common Practice Model for their areas.


Organisations involved in the nominations process

The following organisations responded to the registration of interest and were able to submit nominations to the CPM contributor groups:

  • AUT School of Education
  • Canterbury/West Coast RTLit
  • Central East Cluster of RTLit
  • Central West Cluster RTLit
  • Clarity Education
  • Cognition Education
  • CORE Education
  • Digital Equity Coalition Aotearoa (DECA)
  • Dyslexia Evidence Base Community
  • EDconnect
  • Education Consultancy Ltd 
  • Evaluation Associates
  • FocusED LTD
  • ImpactED
  • Inclusive Communication
  • Infinity Learn Ltd
  • Learning Adventures New Zealand Ltd
  • Learning Matters
  • Learning Solutions
  • Lifting Literacy Aotearoa
  • Manaiakalani Education Trust
  • Massey University
  • Massey University Institute of Education
  • Momentum Learning Ltd
  • Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand
  • New Zealand Literacy Association
  • New Zealand Pasifika Principals Association
  • NZ Association of Language Teachers
  • NZ Association of Teachers of English
  • NZ Mathematical Society
  • NZ Principals' Federation
  • NZ RTLit Association 
  • NZEI
  • Otago University College of Education
  • Otago University Education Support Services
  • PPTA
  • RTeach Institute
  • RTLB Cluster 11
  • RTLB cluster 16
  • RTLB cluster 19
  • RTLB Cluster 20
  • RTLB Cluster 22
  • RTLB Cluster 25
  • RTLB Cluster 27
  • RTLB Cluster 30 
  • RTLB Cluster 6
  • RTLB Cluster 4
  • SPELD NZ Inc 
  • Taimarino Holdings
  • Talking Matters
  • Te Puna Reo o Puhi Kaiti
  • The Education Group
  • Tools4Teachers
  • TTS Auckland
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury Teacher Education
  • University of Canterbury Faculty of Education
  • University of Waikato Division of Education
  • Using Technology Better
  • Victoria University College of Education
  • Vision Education

Literacy & Communication Contributors Group members

You will find the members of the Literacy & Communication Contributors Group listed below, including the organisation that nominated them. The nominating organisation may not be the member’s employer. 

Please note that the contributors and their nominating organisations are unable to talk to you directly about their work on the Common Practice Model while it is in development.

If you have any questions about the Common Practice Model, including the work being done to develop it, email us at

Literacy contribution group

Members of the Literacy & Communication Contributors Group. Left to right, back row: Aaron Wilson, Heemi McDonald, Wendy Carrs, James Chapman, Sue McDowall, Jacinta Oldehaver, Kylie Te Arihi. Front row: Felicity Fahey, Denise Hitchcock, Alison Arrow, Jilly Tyler, Jane Carroll

Literacy & Communication Contributors Group members

Alison Arrow

Nominated by the University of Canterbury

Alison has done extensive research into how young people develop literacy from early childhood to adolescence, was a developer of the Ready to Read Phonics Plus books, and ran the 2015-2017 Massey University Early Literacy Project. 

Jane Carroll

Nominated by the University of Otago

Jane is a Senior Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago College of Education with expertise in child speech and language acquisition, emergent literacy, and phonological awareness development. She has had extensive experience across the sector:

  • in primary and secondary
  • in public, private, and integrated
  • English-medium and Māori medium
  • in early childhood education (ECE) facilities in English, Māori, and Pasifika settings.

Jane was invited to advise on the expert panel for the Oral Language Learning Initiative and is part of the current team developing the literacy content of Te Mātaiaho and the Literacy & Communication progressions. 

Wendy Carss

Nominated by the University of Waikato

Wendy is a Senior Lecturer in Literacy Education at the University of Waikato and programme leader of the Bachelor of Teaching Programme. She is an executive member of the New Zealand Literacy Association and recent board member of the International Literacy Association.

Wendy has worked with educators in Fiji, Samoa, and Kiribati, and understands how Pacific peoples’ knowledge and cultures can be incorporated in the design of teaching and learning. Her current research areas include primary literacy, the literacy practices of beginning teachers, and assessment in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes. 

James Chapman

Nominated by Lifting Literacy Aotearoa

James is an experienced researcher and university teacher based at Massey University.  As well as having over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books on learning disabilities, literacy learning issues, dyslexia/literacy difficulties, and cognitive motivation factors in learning and achievement, James has been an advisor for the University of Canterbury Better Start Literacy Approach research and was a member of the Ministry of Education Literacy Experts Group.  

Denise Hitchcock

Nominated by the University of Otago

As a Professional Learning and Development facilitator, Denise works collaboratively with leaders and teachers to apply pedagogies relating to literacy and communication in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her PhD research focused on embedding effective literacy practice in secondary schools. She was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the recommended changes to literacy and numeracy (2019), the Subject Expert Group for the development of new National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) literacy standards and supporting resources (2020), and has training and experience of working with students with high learning needs.

Denise has an understanding of critical consciousness that enables her to deepen her own understanding of privilege and position, and the imbalance of power and resources that exist. She has worked alongside teachers and leaders to amplify Māori voice, knowledge, and expertise. 

Sue McDowall

Nominated by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER)

Sue has more than 20 years of experience in literacy-related research, evaluation, resource development, and assessment tool development across the primary and secondary school sectors. 

She is a member of the English learning area and Literacy & Communication progression writing groups for the curriculum refresh and is also currently part of the NZCER team responsible for writing an overview of the literature on literacy principles and pedagogies for the Common Practice Model group. 

Jacinta Oldehaver

Nominated by the University of Auckland

Jacinta is Co-Associate Dean Pacific, Associate Director of Te Pūtahi Research Centre, and Course Director of the core undergraduate Literacies and Languages papers at the University of Auckland. She has had extensive teaching and research experience over the past 20 years working predominantly with Pasifika and Māori communities in low decile schools.

Jacinta also has expertise in primary literacy, dialogic teaching, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and Talanoa as dialogic pedagogy.  

Felicity Fahey

Nominated by the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF)

Felicity is Deputy Principal and Literacy Lead at Kaiapoi North School. She has led open days and workshops that hundreds of educators from around NZ have attended to learn about and develop their understanding and practice of Structured Literacy and The Writing Revolution.

Felicity has been part of a team at the University of Canterbury looking at re-designing ITE programmes, has provided professional learning and development across Kātote Kahui Ako, other communities of learning, and RTLB clusters.

Jilly Tyler

Nominated by Talking Matters

Jilly  is an early childhood specialist with a particular interest in early oral language development. Jilly established a project called 'Now We’re Talking' that developed teaching strategies to support oral language outcomes for children attending early childhood education services in South Auckland. She now leads a team of experts at Talking Matters.

Her work with iwi, hapū, and community groups promotes the importance of combining mātauranga Māori and Western neuroscience to support children’s language, literacy, and positive social outcomes. Jilly spent 15 years at the Ministry of Education and has extensive experience in early childhood policy implementation. 

Aaron Wilson

Nominated by the University of Auckland

Aaron is based at the University of Auckland, where he is an Associate Professor in Literacies Education in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy and Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Education and Social Work.  He has research interests in interventions to address disparities in education, subject English, reading comprehension, disciplinary literacy teaching in secondary schools, learning in digital learning environments, and teacher professional development.

Aaron has been a senior academic consultant for the Years 9 and 10 Learning Progression Framework development project, and writer of the Leading Literacy in Secondary Schools materials on Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI).

Heemi McDonald

Nominated by New Zealand Association for the Teaching of English (NZATE)

Heemi is currently a Deputy Principal at Rototuna High School. He worked on a common practice model for the incorporation of mātauranga Māori into physical education experiences, and is currently working on a similar project with NZATE for English.

Heemi has experience developing literacy and communication strategies, and is currently undertaking a Master of Education with a particular focus on designing an inclusive learning environment embedded in mātauranga Māori.

Kylie Te Arihi

Nominated by New Zealand Literacy Association (NZLA)

Kylie is a lead teacher in learning support and a literacy practitioner with experience in bilingual and Māori-medium contexts. Kylie is also president of the Waikato Literacy Association.  

Maths Contributors Group members

You will find the members of the Maths Contributors Group listed below, including the organisation that nominated them. The nominating organisation may not be the member’s employer. 

Please note that the contributors and their nominating organisations are unable to talk to you directly about their work on the Common Practice Model while it is in development.

If you have any questions about the model, including the work being done to develop it, email us:

Maths contributor group

Members of the Maths contributors group. Left to right back row: Kris Dempster-Rivett, Jane McChesney, Tony Trinick, Kerri Spooner. Front row: Naomi Ingram, Jodie Hunter, Julie Roberts, Kim Madden, Bronwyn Gibbs, Julia Crawford. Absent: Ingrid Rinsma, Pania Te Maro.

Maths Contributors Group members

Julia Crawford

Common Practice Model & maths sequence

Nominated by Cognition Education

Julia is co-convenor of the New Zealand Mathematics Society (Education Group) and was a facilitator of the Curriculum Progress Tools (CPT) online workshops for the Ministry of Education. She is an experienced secondary mathematics and statistics teacher.

Julia is a professional learning and development (PLD) facilitator and has been a facilitator of the Just in Time Maths PLD programme and lead writer of the Solomon Islands’ new teacher guides and learner books (Years 1 to 6).

Kris Dempster-Rivett

Common Practice Model

Nominated by Digital Equality Coalition Aotearoa (DECA)

Kris is a Māori educator with a background as a teacher who later moved into providing PLD. He is co-chair of DECA and is involved in a range of their projects including education, pathways into employment, Māori and Pacific Peoples, affordable connectivity, digital skills, and access to devices.

Bronwyn Gibbs

Common Practice Model

Nominated by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER)

Bronwyn is co-leading the refresh of the Mathematics Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs) and the mathematics area for the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA). 

Bronwyn has been a classroom teacher, a mentor in mathematics, and is a researcher on numerous research projects with NZCER. This included a recent study for the Open Polytechnic Kuratini Tuwhera New Zealand, which focused on enhancing online learning: listening to voices of ākonga Māori learners and their whānau.

Jodie Hunter

Common Practice Model & maths sequence

Nominated by Massey University

Jodie’s PhD addressed best practice in relation to integrating early algebraic reasoning into everyday mathematics lessons for primary students. She has written numerous research articles and has undertaken research projects and professional development work in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Niue.

Jodie has been invited to present to New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), RTLB clusters, Ministry of Education, New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT), New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE Mathematics SIG), Kāhui Ako, the Royal Society of New Zealand, and universities.

Naomi Ingram

Common Practice Model

Nominated by the University of Otago

Naomi teaches in the postgraduate and secondary ITE programmes at the University of Otago, including curriculum and mathematics pedagogy papers. Her research expertise includes students’ and teachers’ relationships with mathematics, parents’ involvement with mathematical learning, and using mobile technologies in the classroom.

Naomi has a full practising certificate as a classroom teacher and is a Bevan Werry Speaker for NZAMT.

Kim Madden

Common Practice Model & maths sequence

Nominated by the New Zealand Association for Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT)

Kim is a trained primary school teacher and currently teaches in east Auckland. She is a writer for the Mathematics and Statistics curriculum refresh, was a panellist for the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy, and is a leader of mathematics across Kāhui Ako.

Kim is also a recipient of the Jim Campbell award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jane McChesney

Common Practice Model & maths sequence

Nominated by the University of Canterbury

Jane has extensive experience in mathematics education that includes work in early childhood, primary and secondary education, and working with beginning teachers, experienced teachers, and teacher leaders.

Jane co-authored a paper that connects Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early Childhood Curriculum with The New Zealand Curriculum and links teaching practices across early childhood education and the first years of primary school. In 2021 she contributed to national and regional consultation hui for the curriculum refresh for mathematics and statistics. 

Ingrid Rinsma

Common Practice Model

Nominated by the New Zealand Association for Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT)

Ingrid is a teacher of mathematics and statistics in Hamilton. She was involved in the Secondary Numeracy Project and has developed resources for use by teachers and students – including being a materials developer for New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). She has been a facilitator of NZAMT workshops for the current new initiatives in teaching, learning and assessment.

Ingrid is a recipient of both a Woolf Fisher and Jim Campbell award for Excellence in Teaching.

Julie Roberts

Common Practice Model & maths sequence

Nominated by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER)

Julie had a lead role on the development of the Numeracy Framework as part of the School Entry Kete project and is currently the National Project Lead for the Just-in-Time Maths professional learning project. 

She has worked on the Inclusive Education Capability Building project with the Ministry of Education and facilitates PLD through the lens of Universal Design for Learning. 

Kerri Spooner

Common Practice Model

Nominated by the NZ Mathematical Society

Kerri currently lectures at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Previously she has taught mathematics in several Tāmaki Makaurau secondary schools over a period of more than 15 years. During her career, Kerri has won 5 teaching awards and had 1 national nomination for excellent teaching.

Kerri has undertaken research in mathematical modelling education, transitional STEM education and mathematics education in general. She currently teaches mathematics for computer science and engineering mathematics at AUT.

Pania Te Maro

Common Practice Model & maths sequence

Nominated by Massey University

Pania is Senior Lecturer and Kaihautū Māori at Te Kura o te Mātauranga, and Associate Dean Māori at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University. Her research focuses on Māori immersion education, social justice for Māori through mathematics and pāngarau teaching and learning, success as Māori for Māori students in kaupapa English schools, and adult numeracy. 

Pania has been a lead writer for Ohu Matua, maths and statistics in The New Zealand Curriculum, and te reo matatini me te pāngarau in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Tony Trinick

Common Practice Model

Nominated by the University of Auckland

Tony has extensive experience in working, teaching, and researching in the area of mātauranga Māori. In collaboration with other Māori teachers and researchers he has developed frameworks and resources that have supported the advancement and illumination of te ao Māori. He has led the development of pāngarau and current pāngarau progressions in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Tony has over 120 publications in journals, books and conferences and has developed and implemented a range of practice models which now underpin the current NCEA Levels 1-3 pāngarau frameworks. He has been involved in the development of 3 iterations of national curricula which have included best practice models.

Pip Arnold

Maths sequence

Pip has been involved in mathematics and statistics education for over 35 years. In addition to teaching, leading mathematics departments, and leading professional learning and development, Pip has written a teacher’s book on Statistical Investigations from years 1-11 and developed numerous resources and workshops to support teachers with teaching statistics.

Pip is a long-standing member of the New Zealand Statistical Association education committee, is a vice president on the executive of the International Association for Statistical Education, and until recently, the Auckland Mathematical Association executive.

Inclusive Practices Group members

You will find the members of the Inclusive Practices Group listed below. 

Please note that the members of this group are unable to talk to you directly about their work on the Common Practice Model while it is in development.

If you have any questions about the Common Practice Model, including the work being done to develop it, email us at

Inclusive Practices Group members

Charlene Barnett

Charlene is an experienced lead teacher and educational consultant with a demonstrated history of working in educational delivery nationally for gifted education in Pasifika and Māori communities.

Currently based at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Junior School in Otara, Charlene works with neurodiverse ākonga in an ORS role and teaches Year 2 and 3 in the Lumana’i Samoan Bilingual unit developing Samoan resources. In her own time, she continues to facilitate gifted education for GEMS Aotearoa.  

Kathryn Bilbe

Kathryn is an experienced practice leader in learning support in the early years. She has extensive experience both as a practice leader and practitioner outside of and within the Ministry of Education. Kathryn is currently a specialist service lead in the national service and guidance team at the Ministry of Education with a focus on whānau-centred practice and strengthening inclusive education in the early years.  

Rebekah Corlett

Rebekah (Ngāti Porou) is a member of Te Poutāhū Disability Voices Group, where she brings her experience as a parent of an autistic, non-speaking daughter who uses AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) to speak. She was named a Member of the New Zealand order of Merit in 2022 for services to education.

Rebekah is also currently an admin for the VIPS Equity in Education Facebook group, governing committee member for the Inclusive Education Action Group and Kapiti Coast District Council Disability Advisory Group member. 

Brenda Ellis

Brenda is the Learning Support Specialist for Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga. She is based in Wellington and works throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Brenda has a wealth of experience working across the learning support sector in advisory roles and in early childhood, primary and secondary schools, specialist schools, youth justice residences, and alternative education settings.

Prior to joining Evaluation Associates in 2019, Brenda was the principal of a national residential school for ākonga with behavioural challenges, learning disabilities and a range of additional needs. She has also held a lecturer in special education position at the Christchurch College of Education (University of Canterbury). Brenda has a Master of Public Policy degree (School of Government – Victoria University of Wellington, Te Herenga Waka) and a Master of Teaching & Learning degree (University of Canterbury). Central to her studies are ākonga who are disadvantaged and marginalised in education settings.

In her current role, Brenda writes and presents professional learning and development courses for leaders, teachers, teacher aides and specialist staff throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. She is passionate about proactively addressing inequity and disparity in education and advocates strongly for the embedding of inclusive practices in all schools.  

Erin Geoghegan

Erin is a Resource Teacher of the Deaf, working as one of the best practice leads for Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education New Zealand. She has a Diploma in Teaching, a Bachelor of Education and a Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Teaching (Deaf and Hard of Hearing).

Erin has a passion for early language acquisition, with inclusive bilingual and bicultural practice always at the forefront of her thinking. Erin is a 'Better Start to Literacy Approach' facilitator and works with regional teams, to examine best practices for Deaf pedagogy and develop ako across the motu. Erin wants Deaf ākonga and Deaf kaiako to be represented and to see themselves in the Common Practice Model and refreshed curriculum. 

Vonnie Jones

Vonnie has a national role in learning support for the Ministry of Education. The team Vonnie is in is responsible for the design of services and supports for learning support across early learning, primary and secondary education.

She has spent her career in education as a teacher in primary and secondary schools and with a particular interest in inclusion. This interest and passion led her into roles such as head of department for learning support in a secondary school and a RTLB.   

Elizabeth Keresoma

Elizabeth is currently the bilingual education Lead Adviser Pacific Team, Te Poutāhū of Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga. She has extensive experience in evaluation, leadership, teaching and learning of over 20 years working predominantly in schools with high Pacific student populations and those that deliver teaching and learning in bilingual and immersion programmes.

Elizabeth also has experiences in evaluation of Pacific language-based early learning services and working with Pacific communities delivering the Ministry of Education’s Talanoa Ako. 

Margaret Kitchen

Margaret started as a secondary school teacher interested in how schools can create learning environments where linguistically and culturally diverse learners can thrive. After moving to the University of Auckland, helping teachers engage with second language acquisition theory has been her focus in post-service teacher education and research.

Margaret has encouraged teachers to research their practice and has co-published with teachers. While leading Auckland University’s Graduate Diploma in TESSOL for many years, she worked in her community running language classes and was involved in refugee resettlement. 

Kirsty MacDiarmid

Kirsty is the Principal Adviser ESOL in the Ministry of Education ESOL, Migrant and Refugee Education team. The team supports equitable education outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) ākonga by offering advice and guidance for culturally responsive teaching, ESOL resources and professional development opportunities and community partnership initiatives. Kirsty has extensive primary sector and ESOL specialist teaching experience.  

Amanda Medcalf

Amanda is a Lead Adviser in the Accessibility and Inclusion team and a Literacy Specialist at the Ministry of Education. Prior to her role at the Ministry, Amanda taught in London for over 15 years and is an experienced senior leader and education consultant, with a strong track record of raising attainment in some of London’s most challenging and successful schools.

Amanda has turned her commitment to adolescent literacy and struggling readers into the major focus of her career and is currently supporting the NCEA Change Programme with advice on inclusive literacy practice and strategies in the areas of comprehension, vocabulary development, fluency, and engagement. 

Diana-Grace Morris

Diana-Grace is an experienced RTLB in Ngā hau e whā, Cluster 28, Wellington, Tawa and Porirua region. Her teaching focus is on building inclusive communities by reducing barriers and increasing successful learning and belonging for all. 

Diana-Grace's teaching experience reaches across Māori-medium, ECE, primary, secondary, tertiary, ITE and museum education and includes collaborative design and implementation of teacher professional development from an intersectional lens. She is a doctoral candidate at Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington, researching “stories on the edges", which explores teachers' personal experiences of disability on their pedagogy.  

Sioned Oliver

Sioned is the deputy principal at Fairhaven School, a specialist school in Napier.  She has worked in both mainstream and special needs settings in Aotearoa New Zealand, England, and Wales.

Sioned has been teaching for over 30 years in schools ranging from specialist behaviour schools, both high and low decile schools, and bilingual schools. She has a passion for supporting students with additional needs, ensuring that all students have the education and opportunities they deserve. 

Rosina Prasad

Rosina is a Senior Professional Clinician with the Specialist Teaching Team, Massey University. She coordinates the post-graduate Learning & Behaviour and Practicum courses with an inter-professional focus to consider and enact guiding policies and frameworks. She was part of the team that designed He Pikorua, a one-practice framework for learning support and inclusive practice.

Rosina has over 20 years classroom and RTLB experience and her mixed-Pacific heritage means she is committed to research that makes a difference for Pacific learners and communities.

Betty Pulefolau-Kolose

Betty has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. She is the co-founder of Pasifika Autism Support Group and has been a strong advocate for Pacific autistics and their families. 

She has had experiences in tertiary and teaching in early childhood education sector (Pacifica and mainstream settings) and is a current member of Te Poutāhū Disability Voices Group. 

Lisa Thompson

Lisa is a lead advisor in the Design team at the Ministry of Education. She worked as a teacher for 28 years, which included working for Central Regional Health School for 18 years establishing and leading the education across the specialist mental health sites as the assistant principal. She has also been a deputy principal and SENCO at a full primary school.  Lisa is currently working towards a Doctor of Education degree.  

Sarah Tullett

Sarah is a Senior Resource Teacher Vision at Blind Low Vision Education Network New Zealand (BLENNZ). She has a Diploma in Teaching, a Bachelor of Education and a Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Teaching (Vision). She has worked across the sector in early childhood and primary, private and public schools. She is an experienced literacy and numeracy teacher.

Sarah is passionate about working alongside ākonga and kaiako to create inclusive and engaging learning environments that meet the diverse needs of learners whom she works with.  She is committed to building strong partnerships with whānau and kaiako to support the literacy development of all learners to reach their full potential.  

Rachael Wiltshire

Rachael is an autistic advocate and currently works as the Live Chat Agent/Researcher at Altogether Autism, where she previously served as an autistic advisor.

Rachael is deeply passionate about inclusive education and joins the Inclusive Practices Group as a representative of the Ministry of Education’s Te Poutāhū Disability Voices Group. Rachael has worked as a tutor for NCEA students since finishing school herself and particularly enjoys working with other neurodivergent students.

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth completed her Master of Specialist Teaching (Gifted) and was awarded a Boma NZ Education Fellowship in 2020. Elizabeth works to empower educators to be specialists within their classrooms and has been a GiftedNEX facilitator, consultant for the New Zealand Centre of Gifted Education (NZCGE) and elected board member GiftEDnz.

She is on the Gifted Advisory Group for the Ministry of Education and is a GEMS Aotearoa Mentor. Elizabeth is currently the Director of Gifted & Talented/Learning Support Coordinator at Shirley Boys’ High School – Ngā Tama o Ōruapaeroa in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

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