Leaders' Connect #16: February 18th 4-5pm

Rethinking curriculum: problems, dilemmas, possibilities and the way forward

Curriculum leadership is our bread n butter! NZ’s educational performance on international measures is concerning. Our own map of performance in literacy, science and mathematics has significantly eroded over the past 15 years. While we know international assessments do not capture the essence of our approach to education, is it time to ask ourselves why? There are some obvious problems and obvious solutions. Work now taking place in the Ministry of Education seeks to provide greater support for curriculum. What change should we now insist on to better enable the curriculum and student achievement?

In the spirit of Leaders’ Connect, as well as a Q&A time with Perry, there will be time for engaging in small group discussions for support and idea sharing.


Perry Rush

Perry is the National President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation. In his usual job he is Principal at Hastings Intermediate. Before that Perry was Principal at Island Bay School in Wellington and was foundation Director at the innovative Discovery 1 School in Christchurch. He launched Tawa School City Site, a satellite campus in Wellington’s CBD and was the spokesperson of BTAC-the Boards Taking Action Coalition, a powerful movement to oppose National Education Standards. Perry is a passionate advocate of student-centred learning and practice-based approaches. He is dad to two teenagers and enjoys dining out, travel, indie rock and coffee!

About the Leaders’ Connect online series

Leaders’ Connect is an interactive, relational, online space for education leaders. These one-hour online hui occur fortnightly and the aim is to:  

  • Provide a safe place of connection for education leaders within NZ
  • Support leaders’ wellbeing 
  • Gain fresh leadership knowledge and capacity 
  • Create professional connection via an online platform
  • Provide a space for learning and sharing innovative practices and ideas 

Leaders Connect was initiated by our team during the COVID19 lockdown in March 2020 and faciltated 15 Leaders Connect sessions in 2020.  In October 2020 the Ministry of Education agreed to sustain this initiative through resourcing it till the end of 2021.

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