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This course offers a unique exploration of strategic approaches to leadership and models for improvement, and focuses on leading inquiry and building professional learning communities. Participants will be supported to understand the important features of leading change and improvement, and successfully implement a change and improvement process in one’s own centre.

Includes membership of a Professional Learning Community (PLC)

Each course in our Leadership series offers the opportunity to join a Leaders’ Professional Learning Community (PLC). The PLCs are designed to deepen your learning and enhance your experience of the course by providing opportunities to engage with and learn alongside other leaders in a small-group setting. They involve four online meetings with the other members of the PLC and four text-based discussions for sharing ideas. Each week a different person in the PLC will take the lead in facilitating the group, with guidance provided for this.

Leading Improvement

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Over 15 interviews, including

  • Associate Professor Sue Cherrington, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dr Vicki Hargraves, The Education Hub
  • Professor Emeritus Viviane Robinson, The University of Auckland
  • Dr Rachel Denee, Director and Pedagogical Leader Daisies Early Education and Care Centre
  • Vicki Barrie, Principal, Northcote College


Buy all five Leadership Series courses and get 40% off

What you’ll learn on this course

The course is structured into seven parts, with each part designed to take about a week to work through, although participants are free to work at their own pace.

PART 1  

Selecting an inquiry focus – supports participants to work through a process to identify a topic they want to inquire into throughout the course.

PART 2  

PLCs/Communities of practice – explores what PLCs are and how they can operate as part of the inquiry process.

PART 3  

Developing a PLC – enables participants to utilise the learning in the course to take steps towards implementing a PLC in their own setting

PART 4  

A model for improvement work – explores the stages of the spiral of inquiry and the role these can play in supporting ongoing professional learning.

PART 5  

Developing an inquiry cycle – enables participants to start putting into action an inquiry cycle in their own context of practice.

PART 6  

Managing the change process and change agency – provides participants with the practical know-how and strategies for managing the change process with their teams.

PART 7  

Conclusion – provides an opportunity to bring together the different threads that are woven throughout this course to support participants to engage in their own professional inquiries.

Time commitment

Allow 8-10 weeks, 60 minutes per week, plus putting your learning into practice in your own work context

Flexible engagement

With course content available 24-7 and no cut-off date, you can choose when to engage with the learning materials

Collaborative PLC

Learn from and with other course participants in weekly small-group sessions

Multimodal learning

A rich mix of interviews, readings, video case-studies, reflections, and practical activities


Leadership 5: Leading Improvement

Enrolment instructions

1. Select your enrolment requirements below carefully, especially if you are enrolling a group. 
2. You can choose to pay via invoice or by credit card.
3. Once enrolled, you’ll find the course on your Account page. You will also receive an email welcoming you to the course.

Group enrolments

Enrolling as a group offers you great savings, and enables teachers to share their learning journeys and centres to collectively make changes in their practice based on their learning. Each teacher receives their own log in, linked to their email address, and can complete the course in their own time, on their own computer or tablet.


  • 1 teacher: NZ$110.00
  • 2-10 teachers: SAVE 15% (NZ$93.50pp)
  • 11-25 teachers: SAVE 20% (NZ$88.00pp)
  • 26+ teachers: SAVE 25% (NZ$82.50pp)
  • Please note: Prices are subject to 15% GST (local sales tax). Discounts only apply to group enrolments made in one transaction, and cannot be applied retrospectively if your group size increases.

Who are you enrolling in this course?

Enrol yourself

NZ $110 .00
  • No discount
  • Lifetime access*
  • Online forums
  • Personalised certificate

Enrol others AND yourself

from NZ $82 .50
  • Group savings of 15-25%
  • Lifetime access*
  • Online forums
  • Personalised certificates

Enrol others NOT yourself

from NZ $82 .50
  • Group savings of 15-25%
  • Lifetime access*
  • Online forums
  • Personalised certificates
SAVE $220

Buy all five Leadership Series courses and get

40% OFF
  • 5 courses for price of 3
  • Lifetime access
  • Personalised certificates
  • Group savings of 15-25%

Prices shown are per person, and are subject to GST (local sales tax) of 15%. * Lifetime access means for as long as the course is hosted on The Education Hub

Keeping our courses affordable

The Education Hub wants as many teachers as possible to be able to take our courses and benefit from the high quality professional learning they offer. Therefore, we are committed to keeping course fees as low as possible. It is through the support of our ever-generous supporters that we can produce such rich, multimodal learning opportunities while offering participants significant subsidies.

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Please note, all our courses are best completed on a desktop/laptop computer or tablet. Because of the amount of content, we do not recommend using a phone. 
* Group discounts apply to the full price, and can only be applied in one transaction, not retrospectively, or on the addition of more enrolments. ** Our standard terms and conditions are available here

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