Bespoke PLD

“ The leadership PLD that our 40 senior leaders recently undertook with UACEL has been invaluable in supporting Rangitoto College's review of our strategic plan.  Our leaders enjoyed the pragmatic facilitation style - taking the best of educational research and making it accessible and relevant for our setting

- Patrick Gale, Principal, Rangitoto College, Auckland

"Staff involved in the PLD programme from both Aorere College and the West Papatoetoe Kāhui Ako consistently commented on the professionalism and the significant pedagogical knowledge base of the UACEL staff.  Whenever possible our local context was recognised and utilised within the core components of the course."

- Greg Pierce, Principal, Aorere College

Regionally-allocated PLD

2021 PLD round dates

The Ministry of Education have confirmed the dates for 2021 PLD rounds. There will be four rounds of PLD, one per term, as this allows the MoE to be more responsive to emerging needs throughout the year. To provide greater certainty and consistency, there will be one date per term for all education regions and, going forward, we will standardise the PLD allocation round dates. The dates are:

Application round Proposal submission date
Term 1 19 February 2021
Term 2 14 May 2021
Term 3 06 August 2021
Term 4 29 October 2021


The Ministry of Education recently announced seven new PLD priorities designed to strengthen teacher and leadership capability in schools and Kāhui Ako.

The new priorities for English medium settings are:

  • cultural capability
  • local curriculum design
  • assessment for learning

The new priorities for Māori medium settings are:

  • mātauranga and te reo Māori
  • marau ā-kura 
  • aromatawai

Effective leadership is vital and underpins all these priorities.

Effective leadership builds cross-school and cross-Kāhui Ako coherence, enabling leaders and  teachers to work effectively and get the best possible outcomes for their learners.

Our work is based firmly on research, with an emphasis on student-centred leadership being the key to excellent and equitable student outcomes. The team at the Centre for Educational Leadership is available for leadership support and development. Our expert team of accredited facilitators bring a wealth of leadership knowledge and expertise and works effectively with leaders at all stages of their career.

If you are interested in finding out more, drop us a note. Our skilled team offers friendly, free practical advice and support on how to apply for regionally-allocated PLD funding for your school or Kāhui Ako.

For more information or to speak to one of our helpful team members, please contact us

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