Information for middle and senior leaders

The resources in this section focus on what it means to be a middle or senior leader.

Leadership is about empowering, transforming, and working together. It not only about people in formal leadership roles. Teachers as leaders and teachers as supporters of leaders play a central role in school development.

Information on this website

Guide and case studies

Leading from the middle: educational leadership for middle and senior leaders

Leading from the middle – case studies


You could start with the articles in these sections:

Evidence-based leadership

Professional learning

Sabbatical reports

Featured reports:

Collaborative inquiry – Jim Hay-Mackenzie

Planning PLD – Pam Redpath

Senior secondary curricula – Gael Ashworth

Secondary middle leaders guide 

Secondary middle leaders – NZ Curriculum Online

Supporting provisionally certified teachers 

Guidelines for induction and mentoring - Teaching Council

Courses relevant for mentor teacher development – Teaching Council

The Ministry of Education is funding additional support in 2020 for provisionally certificated teachers, overseas trained teachers and their mentors in English medium, and pia and pou tautoko Māori medium, through Otago University.

2020 support – Otago University

Further information

Middle leadership paper (PDF) – Teaching Council

Educational leadership capability framework

Maggie Farrar suggests four effective activities for middle leaders 

QELi TV Youtube channel