Learning Schools Model

The Learning Schools Model is a research-practice partnership designed in Te Pūtahi | Woolf Fisher Research Centre to support to schools to address urgent and shared problems of practice in a sustainable way.

The Model has been tested in five countries including Aotearoa, New Zealand, since early the 2000s and has, in general, improved valued educational outcomes (e.g. literacy, high school qualifications) for primarily indigenous Māori and Pacific Island students. It has been successfully used in a range of contexts including in rural and urban schools serving range of socio-economic communities, and with a wide range of ethnic groups.

The work has received international and local recognition including the co-designers being awarded the University of Auckland Research Excellence Award (2015) for research of demonstrable impact and reach. A professional learning and development version of the Model is currently offered in conjunction with Tui Tuia | Learning Circle.

You can read more about the Model here

The Centre wishes to acknowledge the co-designers of the Model: Stuart McNaughton, Mei Lai, Rebecca Jesson and Aaron Wilson.  

Other publications

Innovative Research Methodologies: The learning schools approach - Podcast

The Learning Schools Model was recently featured by the British Educational Research Association as an innovative research methodology.  Listen to Dr Bukola Oyinloye, co-convenor of the RME SIG in conversation with Dr Rebecca Jesson and Dr Mei Kuin Lai as they discuss the learning schools approach.

Listen here.

Education Gazette

The Learning Schools Model was also featured by the New Zealand Ministry of Education in their latest Education Gazette.