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Our Approach



Self Review

Strategic Planning

Leadership Development

Appointments, HR Support

Data and Assessment




At focusED we pride ourselves in being responsive and collaborative in our work with schools and their leaders.   Drawing on our experience across the New Zealand education system we can work with you to tailor an approach that will ensure that your voice is at the forefront of any documents we support you to develop and that your knowledge of your school and community is truly valued.

  • We design approaches and solutions to meet your needs and work alongside principals, boards and teachers to co-construct quality learning.  

  • We have a strong inquiry focus built from the work outlined in the Best Evidence Synthesis:Teacher Professional Learning and Development which one of our consultants was involved in writing.  

  • We take an appreciative approach to our work - recognising and valuing the knowledge and skills of those we work with.  

  • Wherever possible, we incorporate digital tools into our work with school in keeping with current technological developments.

  • We have a strong understanding of the importance of cultural responsiveness given the diversity of our student population and the importance of recognising and valuing the place of Tangata Whenua in New Zealand.  

  • FocusED consultants bring skills in all of these areas as a team and work closely together to ensure the best possible outcomes for your school.

We use inquiry in our work with you to focus on evidence within your context to identify the most effective direction and to prioritise what we do to give you the best result. 



We  recognise that you and your staff are skilled professionals.  We believe in building on the strengths of your organisation and taking an innovative and collaborative approach. 


Digital focus

Digital technologies offer many and increasing opportunities for students, teachers and school leaders - we try to integrate these tools where-ever we can. 




  • Principal Appraisal

  • Senior Leadership Appraisal

  • Helping schools develop appraisal systems

  • Job description review and development

  • E-portfolio development and support

  • STA trained appraisers

  • Courses (Middle Leaders, Mentor Teachers)

  • Collaboration using Google docs

  • Reading and writing (all aspects)

  • Ka Hikitia, Pasifika Education Plan and Cultural Responsiveness

  • Assessment for learning


Cultural Intelligence

Our New Zealand Education system demands that all participants have their culture respected and included in the learning process. We embrace this and strive to help schools uphold Cultural Responsiveness in all systems, planning, teaching and leadership. 

Systems for Self Review


Leadership Development

  • Advice and guidance on current ERO self-review indicators

  • E-tools for self-review

  • Linking review with strategic planning

  • Independent review of programmes

  • Policy review and alignment

  • Development of review systems and processes

  • Assessment review

  • Assessment systems including SENCO

  • Training in the administration, analysis and use of commonly used assessment tools

  • SMS support

  • Setting up effective systems for using school-wide data

  • High quality formative assessment

  • Support for managing professional inquiry in your team/school

  • Critical friend approach for Principal development

  • Workshops and courses for Middle Leaders

Strategic Planning


Leadership Development

  • Pulling together your analysis of variance

  • Using your self-review to determine priorities for school development

  • Writing a lean and useable strategic plan that complies with Ministry of Education guidelines

  • Designing your PLD to meet the specific needs of your school

  • Skills auditing - identifying the skills of current staff and those that your school needs from new appointees

  • Review and re-development of job descriptions

  • Principal appointment support in line with NZSTA guildlines

  • Interview and application form design

HR support

Job Application Support

  • Developing appraisal sysems

  • Education Council requirements

  • Support for Mentor Teachers

  • Digital support for collation and presentation of evidence 

  • CV review and update

  • Covering letter

  • Application form completion

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