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Learning solutions is a  boutique independent educational consultancy of highly experienced Professional Learning and Development (PLD) facilitators who are able to collaborate with Tumuaki, Kaiako and whānau to create tailor made, innovative learning solutions that meet the needs of your kura/school). Our facilitators are highly regarded due to their adaptive expertise, deep knowledge of effective teaching pedagogies and content knowledge across a range of disciplines and contexts. We can provide support across New Zealand through Regionally Funded (PLD), workshops, webinars,  either  Kanohi ki te Kanohi  (Face to Face),   Zoom or Google Meets,  across a range of  contexts and disciplines including Assessment For Learning, Local Curriculum design,  Culturally Responsive  and Relational Pedagogy (CRRP, leadership coaching for principals and leaders.

Contact us today to have a conversation about how we can best meet the needs of your Tumuaki, Kaiako  and Whānau to support  accelerated learning  outcomes for your students (ākonga.)

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Meet The Team

Gayle McIlraith (Auckland)

Gayle is an experienced facilitator and project leader who is committed to supporting leaders and teachers to engage in collaborative inquiry, that is evidence-based, research-informed and seeks ways to incorporate 21st-century skills into enhancing learning for all students. Pursuing effective teacher and leader practice that accelerates outcomes for students is a key driver for her within the contexts of reading, writing, literacy across the curriculum and science.

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Julie Beattie (Wellington)

Julie aims to support teachers in building their knowledge of literacy learning progressions and developing plans for curriculum-based literacy learning for Years 1-8. She can help primary and secondary leaders develop their data literacy and problem-solving skills, in order to achieve enhanced teaching and learning in literacy. She’s passionate about junior literacy, believing that setting a strong literacy foundation in the first two years of school enables students to become independent lifelong learners. Julie has also led workshops on accelerating literacy learning and providing fit-for-purpose interventions for underachieving learners.

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Facilitators

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Gayle McIlraith (Director) (Auckland)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Literacy
  • Curriculum Progress Tools
  • Local Curriculum Design
  • Science
  • Assessment Literacy & Evaluation
  • Leadership

Christine Hardie (Auckland)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Curriculum Progress Tools
  • Local Curriculum
  • Assessment Literacy and Evaluation
  • Mathematics
  • Leadership
  • Teaching as Inquiry

Robyn Headifen (Auckland)
Primary, Secondary

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Expertise:

  • Local curriculum
  • Digital Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Teaching as Inquiry

Alana Madgwick (Auckland)
Primary, Secondary

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Expertise:

  • Curriculum Progress Tools
  • Cultural Competency
  • Teaching as Inquiry

William Madgwick (Auckland)
Secondary

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Expertise:

  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • Leadership
  • Digital technologies

Ian McHale (Auckland)
Secondary

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Expertise:

  • Digital Technology
  • Science
  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • Local Curriculum

Mike Stone (Auckland)
Primary, Secondary

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Expertise:

  • Science
  • Teaching as Inquiry

Jenny Thompson (Auckland)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Literacy
  • Leadership
  • Curriculum Progress Tools
  • Local curriculum
  • Assessment and Evaluation

Cheryl Harvey (Auckland)
Secondary

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Expertise:

  • Inclusive Education
  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • Literacy and English Language Learners
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Learner Focused Conversations

Waveney Bryant (Auckland)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Digital Technologies
  • Assessment Literacy & Evaluation
  • Local Curriculum
  • Learning Conversations

Louise Dempsey (Auckland)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Literacy and English Language Learners
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • Leadership
  • Inclusive Education

Carol Butel (Christchurch)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Mathematics and Statistics Pedagogy Years 0-8
  • Student Agency and Engagement
  • Teacher Inquiry
  • Assessment in Mathematics
  • Leadership in Mathematics
  • Rich Tasks / Building Thinking Maths Classrooms

Melissa Jones (Christchurch)
Primary

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Sarah Cobb (Christchurch)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Mathematics and statistics Years 1-8
  • Local curriculum
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Teaching as inquiry
  • Leadership
  • Building student agency and engagement

Judith Bennetts (Christchurch)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Local curriculum
  • Using student and whānau voice to inform curriculum design
  • Assessment Literacy & Evaluation
  • Teaching as inquiry
  • Mentoring and coaching school leaders
  • Professional learning clusters
  • Science
  • Digital Technologies
  • Inclusive Education

Adie Bonisch (Christchurch)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Literacy and English Language Learners:
  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Inclusive Education
  • Local Curriculum

Sue Ellis (Christchurch)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Literacy and English Language Learners
  • Local Curriculum
  • Culturally responsive practice
  • Leadership
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Digital Technologies

Gaylene Price (Christchurch)
Primary

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Gaylene is leader and developer of ‘Team Approach to Language Learners‘ (TALL), a Ministry of Education project which supports small school teams to investigate the teaching and support of culturally and linguistically diverse learners

Expertise:

  • Languages acquisition
  • Literacy and English Language Learners
  • Oral language
  • Student assessment and pathways of progress
  • Planning and teaching sequences
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Inclusive Education

Kerry Upson (Northland / Tai Tokerau)
Primary, Secondary

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Expertise:

  • Literacy
  • Curriculum progress tools
  • Local Curriculum
  • Teaching as Inquiry

Ruth Price (Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatu)
Primary, Secondary

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Expertise:

  • Literacy
  • Secondary
  • Curriculum Progress Tools
  • Local curriculum
  • Assessment Literacy and Evaluation
  • Teaching as Inquiry

Andrea Piters (Wellington)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Literacy
  • Local curriculum
  • Assessment Literacy and Evaluation
  • Leadership
  • Teaching as Inquiry

Caron Watson (Wellington)
Primary

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Expertise:

  • Literacy
  • Curriculum Progress Tools
  • Local Curriculum
  • Assessment Literacy and Evaluation
  • Leadership
  • Teaching as Inquiry

Our History

Learning Solutions Ltd was set up in 1997 by Gayle and Grant McIlraith, starting out  with 12 facilitators to support teachers and leaders with Appraisal Skills for Teachers. Gayle also facilitated the Leading and Managing Change contract in 1998 and Introduction to Science  contract with one other facilitator.  When Gayle accepted a Leadership and management position in 2000, Learning Solutions was put into cessation.

As a result of The University of Auckland deciding that centrally funded Professional Learning and Development was no longer a viable option for them Learning Solutions Ltd was taken out of cessation in 2018.