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Learning Auckland Data Discussion

The Learning Auckland leadership table was fortunate to host a visit from Lisa Rodgers, Deputy Secretary for Evidence, Data and Knowledge at the Ministry of Education, in August 2015.  Lisa gave us a detailed presentation on the cradle to career pathway for young people in Auckland, to inform our planning for future Learning Auckland actions.

Lisa and her team had conducted some analyses specifically for this session, around the Learning Auckland measures, so the presentation included data that is not easily available from other sources.  The data gave us a rich picture of what is happening for Māori and for Pasifika and for new Aucklanders; what the MOE is doing to raise achievement; and the MOE’s insights about the choke points – where children and young people are not being successful. 

In order to bring wider viewpoints to the discussion around the data, the leadership table extended an invitation to members of the Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum and from RAISE Pasifika.  Lisa’s presentation was followed by a rich question and discussion time, and we will be collating questions and comments from participants and passing these on to Lisa for further data requests, and to the leadership table as they plan their next steps.

You can view the presentation here.


Collective Impact Auckland 2014

There is growing interest in collective impact approaches as a way to tackle some of Auckland’s challenges.  Susan Warren and Alison Sutton from COMET Auckland (Learning Auckland’s backbone organisation) gave an update on Learning Auckland and ran a workshop on Measurement tools for collaboration at the recent Collective Impact Auckland 2014 conference.  
All the presentations from the conference can be found here


Parent Engagement Forum

As part of our parent engagement project, Learning Auckland held a very successful Communicating Learning Forum.  Over 180 people participated from Auckland schools and ECEs.


The forum, which was on May 16th 2014, brought teachers, senior leaders and board members from several education sectors together to discuss practical ways to engage parents with their children’s learning.

The Learning Auckland event was co-run by COMET Auckland, NZEI and PPTA, and created an opportunity for guests to share knowledge and ideas in a collaborative forum. Professor Stuart McNaughton from the University of Auckland delivered the keynote speech: Enhancing conversations among whanau, teachers and learners about learning.

The aim of the event was to support schools and ECE in building a strong, learning-focused partnership with parents and whanau. Going by the level of interest in the forum, it was a topic that many schools and early learning services were invested in.

The feedback received from guests at the forum was hugely positive, with many having found new ideas and ways of working that they learnt at the forum, and are eager to implement them in their own settings.

Many thanks to Storypark who donated to Learning Auckland to make access to the presentations and videos from the Forum for everyone possible. We greatly appreciate the support. 

To see our full Parent Engagement project and story, as well as the presentations and videos at the event, please click here 




The key Learning Auckland initiative for this year is the Parent Engagement Project, which aims to increase parental attendance and involvement with parent-teacher interviews at schools.


We are focused on supporting schools to report and engage with parents so that everyone can get the best outcomes for our youth.


Here are a few ways you can get involved in the Parent Engagement Project: 


Employers: Support your staff through giving them paid time off to attend their children’s parent-teacher meetings, and take an active interest in your staff’s families, and their own continued education and development


Schools and ECEs: Listen to your parents about reporting methods that work best for them, and consider using one of the models that have been found to increase parent engagement (e.g. learning stories in ECE, three-way conferencing in primary, or academic counselling in secondary). If you schedule parent-teacher meetings for a day time slot, send a letter home with children for parents to give to their employers asking for time off to attend.


Community organisations: Encourage parents to attend their parent-teacher meetings, and to make best use of the time by planning questions in advance. Let us know if you are willing to distribute leaflets to your members – these will be ready around April next year.


We will be holding a meeting in early 2014 and would like to hear from schools who have effective models in place already for increasing parent engagement with parent-teacher meetings. Please email if you are interested in attending this meeting, or if you have an effective model of parent engagement that you’d like to share with others. 


If your school, company or community organisation would like to be part of this project, contact COMET Auckland at If you’d like to find out more about the project, sign up to the Learning Auckland Accord and share your Learning Auckland-related actions on this site. 


Keep an eye out for an upcoming article about the importance of engaging businesses and employers with parent-teacher meetings in the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Employers and Manufacturers Association newsletters.

Learning Auckland accepted into international Strive network     

Learning Auckland rounded out 2012 on a high note after being accepted into an international network of cradle-to-career, Collective Impact programmes led by the Strive Cincinnati group.

This means Learning Auckland leaders will gain access to the invaluable resources, tools and strategies that Strive employs. It is also a strong endorsement that the Learning Auckland movement is recognised as meeting the criteria for a proven model of collective impact.

The extensive application process involved demonstrating how Learning Auckland aligns with the criteria for effective Collective Impact approaches, through a detailed on-line application and a follow-up phone conference with members of the kaitiaki group.

Major Win for Learning Auckland Movement

COMET Auckland’s Chief Executive, Susan Warren, says that the news is a major coup for Learning Auckland and demonstrates the progression of the movement since its inception in 2011.

“Strive is a great framework for the kind of widespread, cohesive education action we need to happen here in Auckland if everyone is going to reach their potential.

“In the United States, the Strive movement is something that binds educators, communities, business, philanthropy and policy together. As we build meaningful engagement and action in a similar way here in Tāmaki Makaurau, we should start to see some tangible results in education outcomes around the city.”

Collective Impact Drives Cohesive Change

Like Strive, the Learning Auckland movement is based on the principles of Collective Impact theory, with a common goal unifying people and driving action to create positive societal change.

Collective Impact is an innovative way of approaching education, as the effect of having everyone working towards the same outcome is more powerful than multiple courses of action pulling in different directions.

2013 to Bring Action and Engagement Across the City

Susan Warren goes on to acknowledge the hard work of the Learning Auckland kaitiaki group who steer and promote the movement with stakeholders, and also offers some insight into what 2013 will bring for education action through Learning Auckland in the year ahead.

“Next year is shaping up to be action-packed for Learning Auckland, with efforts focused in the following areas:

  • The second issue of Learning Auckland magazine will be published, brought together by a group of young people from around Auckland, under the guidance of editor Geoff Vause
  • We’ll be encouraging more individuals and organisations to sign the Learning Auckland Accord and report back on their actions so we can measure and replicate successful initiatives
  • We’ll be stepping up our engagement with business and philanthropy in order to increase the interaction and support between industry and education
  • We’ll be delivering data-rich education and skills snapshots for all 21 local boards in Tāmaki Makaurau, using up-to-date research to identify assets and challenges for each unique area.

“With the acceptance of Learning Auckland into the Strive Network, we are more determined than ever that with a cohesive, action-focused and cross-sector approach, we can and will collectively improve education outcomes for Aucklanders”.

If you work with a business or organisation that wants to get involved as a signatory/supporter of Learning Auckland, contact Susan Warren at to find out more.

You can also visit the COMET Auckland website here to get a copy of the Learning Auckland Accord to sign and share with your networks.


The Learning Auckland movement is celebrating a milestone in spreading awareness and gaining support across the city.

On Friday 31st August 2012, Auckland City Mayor Len Brown signed the Learning Auckland Accord, signalling his continued support for education and skills in Tamaki Makaurau.

During a visit to Alfriston College, Len Brown took the time to sign the Accord in his formal role as Mayor, indicating that the Learning Auckland movement is gaining momentum and support.

Many thanks to Susan Impey, Principal of Alfriston College and a member of Learning Auckland’s kaitiaki leaders group, who was responsible for inviting the Mayor to sign the Accord and show his support for the initiative.

If you haven’t yet signed the Learning Auckland Accord, just click through HERE and get involved. If you have already signed, thank you!

If you want to do more to support Learning Auckland, you can send the Accord on to others who might be interested in supporting education in Auckland and creating better opportunities for everyone – it’s easy to do and can make a huge difference!

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