Expert PLD that bridges the gap between theory and practice

As former principals’ and practicing teachers, we provide expert professional learning services throughout New Zealand.

Below are deadlines for PLD applications to take advantage of our support for free!

These dates below are for PLD focussed on the national priorities.

The deadline for applications for Digital Technologies/Hangarau Matihiko Curriculum support is 30 October.

RegionTerm 1Term 2Term 3Term 4
Auckland15 Feb17 May16 Aug25 Oct
Bay of Plenty – Waiariki15 Feb17 May16 Aug25 Oct
Canterbury22 Feb24 May16 Aug23 Oct
Hawke’s Bay – Tairāwhiti28 Feb16 May8 Aug31 Oct
Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast22 Feb17 May16 Aug25 Oct
Otago, Southland1 Mar30 May5 Aug18 Oct
Tai Tokerau16 Feb25 May17 Aug26 Oct
Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu15 Feb24 May16 Aug13 Nov
Waikato15 Feb17 May16 Aug25 Oct
Wellington20 Feb15 May7 Aug23 Oct

…strategic planning end goals were relevant, achievable and innovative

The Waitaha Board of Trustees and leadership team employed Rob Clarke to support and guide them during their two most recent strategic planning reviews.

Rob ensured that relevant and enquiring questions were the focus of the sessions, and he guided and challenged the Board to think critically and innovatively.

Rob’s in-depth and current knowledge of education practices ensured that the sessions were focussed and relevant to the Waitaha setting and to its community. His input ensured that the end goals were relevant, achievable and innovative.

Rob is extremely professional and he will deliver quality outcomes.

Margaret Dodds, principal

Helpful beyond explanation…

Sandy Hastings - Beckenham School

Rob’s help, at the end of the phone and by clever use of Google Hangouts, for both small and complex technical support with getting the most out of google apps has been helpful beyond explanation, many times.

Rob knew my technical strengths and limitations, and provided instant assistance with my next step learning, enabling me to move forward independently with the task that I was working on.

Sandy Hastings, Principal

A partnership, a mentorship and a great on going decision…

John Petrie - Huapai District School - Testimonial

I tried several times to get my head and my staff across the line in using google doc’s and google sites. Having contracted Learning Architects to work remotely in a support and mentor role I achieved this and more.

Beyond the technical expertise, what really helped was the strategic, feet on the floor and considered recommendations. You don’t know what you don’t know so to have Rob push my thinking, share new ideas and guide into a better way was a huge win.

I see my schools’ connection with Learning Architects as a partnership, a mentorship and a great ongoing decision.

John Petrie, Principal

Built leadership capability within our school…

Tina Taylor - Tuakau School

Rob catered so well for our staff with the wide range of experiences and confidence using computers and familiarity with Google. He inspired staff and since the day we have had staff that are keen to try things and are using their computer so much more than they ever have.

Rob gave us a thorough introduction to the Google platform so that we have all been successful transitioning to being a GAFE school.

He also made things fun and our teachers loved the quiz that we created guessing random facts about each other using the collaborative nature of google docs.

Communication and follow up support was a real positive too. Rob was always available to interpret emails and explain in basic terms to us.

He built leadership capability within our school and the two of us who are super admins are able to do many of the admin tasks ourselves that we were previously paying others to do for us.

Tina Taylor, Deputy Principal

Flexible and suited to each individuals context and needs…

Rachel Maitland - Kingslea School

I have had Learning Architects training through my school and for a BOT I was on so I consider myself to be fairly au fait with Google Suite.

In saying this I always learn heaps with Rob ie deeper understanding of apps I use, tricks and tips, and apps I’ve never heard of.  

Love how the training is flexible and suited to each individuals context and needs.

Rachel Maitland, Assistant Principal

Helped transform the way we work…

Mark Ellis - Rakaia School

Please keep in touch and we will work with you.

The work you did has helped transform the way we work.

Mark Ellis, Principal

Lots of little tricks to make working easier…

Gretchen Smith - Wharenui School

Small group, great people, learning lots of little trick to make working easier, great to know that others had the same concerns, “You know your stuff” enthusiastic presentation, good pace, good content.

I didn’t feel brain dead at the end of the session but couldn’t wait to share what I had learnt with the others in my team.

Gretchen Smith, Principal

Follow up has been outstanding…

Sylvia Fidow - West Rolleston School

I really enjoyed the day and your facilitation of it. Thought the delivery was really relaxed but knowledgeable.

Great to see you sharing your expertise but also being a learner, not knowing all of the google pathways but problem-solving to get there. And your follow up has been outstanding!

Sylvia Fidow, Principal

Building our communication systems while supporting our collaborative journey

Sue Jackson - principal
Learning Architects continue to positively support our CoL | Kāhui Ako, especially in our establishment phase.
We look forward to building on our communication systems/website/PLD needs while supporting and informing our collaborative journey.
Sue Jackson & Sandra Keenan, Lead Principals

Helped us to develop a system that is working very well for our Kāhui Ako

Sharon Marsh - principal

I have worked with Rob through our Kāhui Ako to develop the digital communication systems.

Rob’s ability to listen carefully, ask relevant questions and then develop systems collaboratively with our large Kāhui was greatly appreciated.

His knowledge and expertise were highly valued, together with his ability to connect with all members of the Kāhui at their own capability level in a respectful and constructive way.

His strong sense of what works well and how we can make use of this knowledge helped us to develop a system that is working very well for our Kāhui Ako.

Sharon Marsh, Principal

Knowledge of how schools work and how to blend possibilities with technology is unique

David Taylor - principal
The Puketeraki Kāhui Ako Leadership Team employed Learning Architects very early in our development. We were aware that to connect leaders and teachers across seventeen schools we needed some form of digital communication system.
Rob Clarke sat in on our early management discussions and was able to co-construct a google on-line communication system. This system has been a building block for our Learning Community.
With simple ideas relating to naming protocols and filing to more complex google plus communities, Rob guided us through a process of development. We are by no means a finished product but we are currently functioning enthusiastically and building an effective learning community.
Thanks, Rob. Your knowledge of how schools work and how to blend possibilities with technology is unique and makes this sort of community building possible!
David Taylor, Lead Principal

Expertise and professional experience

Chris Bryant - principal

I have appreciated the expertise and professional experience that Rob has brought to the work he has done with us.

This coupled with a willingness to listen and problem solve together has seen us achieve results that are collectively owned.

Kāhui Ako o Wakatipu is well set up to collaborate and innovate.

Chris Bryant, Lead Principal

Responsive, Creative and Considered

Learning Architects has helped Ararira Springs Primary start our journey as a learning community.

When helping set up our Google systems to getting our website live, Rob has listened to our ideas and helped facilitate a solution.

Google Hangouts, online support tools and face to face meetings have been used to maximise time and meet needs.

We have loved working with the team at Learning Architects and look forward to our relationship developing.

Claire Howison, foundation principal

Helping to develop a stronger and more future-focused leadership team


He really makes me and think about the deeper issues facing our school and is supporting us to strengthen the teaching and learning across all aspects of the curriculum.

His insight into leadership is helping to develop a stronger and more future-focused leadership team.

Toby Stokes, principal

Amazing knowledge of the Google Suite

Carmen Jennings, principal

Rob has an amazing knowledge of the Google Suite, and his tips and support will most certainly make a positive difference to a principal’s or office manager’s daily workload by managing emails and providing tips that are in place daily. Rob is well worth considering if you want to put good systems in place.

Carmen Jennings, principal

…increased our understandings of ourselves individually as leaders while enhancing our collective leadership…

I have been privileged to work with Rob over a number of years now since Learning Architects were brought on board to support our School moving to cloud-based Systems – most notably Google.

Rob has supported the different levels of computer literacy in our team as we moved to Google using a range of resources, approaches, and strategies. This is particularly vital as our school community has grown significantly in the last 5 years

In 2018, Rob has been our PLD provider to facilitate the strengthening of our Middle and Senior Leadership team via strengths-based coaching. Working with individuals as well as the team, he has increased our understandings of ourselves individually as leaders while enhancing our collective leadership by using our individual strengths and talents.

Most recently- because of his understanding of our school, Rob was employed to work with our school community to appoint a new Principal. His work in this was diligent and innovative; this supported the Board of Trustees to reflect the community engagements that were held to be able to make an informed decision.

I have no hesitation in recommending Rob and his company- Learning Architects- to anyone seeking to support and enhance their systems and educational practices. Working with Rob has supported my own growth and development as a leader and I look forward to continuing to work with him in 2019.

Sara Moppett, Deputy Principal

Craig is an insightful, reflective, leadership coach

Craig is an insightful, reflective, leadership coach. I have appreciated his questions, prompting and input to help ensure my own ongoing development.

Craig has also worked with our Board of Trustees to facilitate a review of our strategic plan through effective engagement with staff, students and parents. We have appreciated the expertise Craig has bought to this role.

Murray Overton, principal

Innovative learning… Digital Fluency

Matt is supporting us in a variety of ways that align and support our culture and kaupapa – team teaching, growing leadership, making connections and gathering learner voice.

We have been lucky enough to work with Matt Richards for almost 5 years around project-based learning and learner agency as part of a Digital Fluency PLD contract.

Matt is a visionary for us. He listens too and acknowledges our own vision, values and aspirations. Condensing what we think, and identifying what we are trying to achieve in succinct and interesting ways.

Matt can work with everyone on the staff and use his world perspectives to motivate and guide us.


Angela Lowe, principal

A fantastic day of Leadership Coaching

Thank you for a fantastic day of reflection, probing, planning, sharing and learning!

You are a fantastic facilitator. Tabitha you have a perfect blend of sharing your expertise, and empowering others.

Not to mention modelling the various strategies you encourage for success.

Melanie L'Eef - Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning

leadership appraisal helped us identify our strengths individually and as a leadership team

Bronwyn Harding photo

It has been a pleasure to work with Rob for our leadership appraisal. He helped us identify our strengths individually and as a leadership team. He guided us on how to work with these strengths and support each other by delving into our potential as a team. Rob has a knack of being able to lead and support from the side without telling us what to do but by asking probing questions that enable us to think on a deeper level about our goals, both professionally and personally.

Bronwyn Harding, Deputy Principal

…integral part of the appraisal process and the professional development of our SLT

Image of Darryn Rae

Over the last two and a half years Rob has been an integral part of the appraisal process and the professional development of our senior leadership team at Queenstown Primary School.

Initially, he worked with our six team leaders to help them grow and develop their practice and to help with consistency across our very large school. He then went on to work with the DPs. This was an 18-month journey of professional learning and development tailored to suit our needs as well as the BoT and teachers council requirements.

Rob is an experienced ex Principal and is knowledgable and passionate about the work he does. He helped me gain insight into my strengths and how best to put them to work in my work. He is always approachable and easy to deal with while remaining professional and honest. If you are looking for an appraisal that will fit your schedule while helping you grow and develop not just tick boxes I recommend giving Rob at Learning Architects a call.

Darryn Rae, deputy principal

The most effective leadership coaching….

I have found all of the workshops that Tabitha has led to be hugely useful. From day one we looked at different types of leadership approaches and the ways you can inspire people within your team to deepen their inquiry.

With all of the team that I’m appraising, I have used the templates the whole way through their inquiry just to get them thinking about their question and then breaking it down in parts.

I personally love the templates and the fact that they’ve already been created for us has meant that I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. It also means that it’s not coming from me and that it’s actually a resource that a wide range of people in the school are using.

I’ve found that my team have really enjoyed it. They have said to me that it was probably the most effective PLD that they have experienced all year.

With the effective PLD that Tabitha delivered, I was able to take that on and transfer that into my team, and I really appreciate the resources and processes she shared.

Julie Coughlan, Head of Department Social Studies

What is involved in applying for PLD?

This video from the Ministry of Education gives an overview of the steps to access PLD.

We can guide you to develop a successful application for your school/kura or Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning. We can even provide you with exemplars and best practices to make your application successful.

Please click here or complete the form below to get further information, including your regional priorities and an example of a successful PLD application...

Rob Clarke - found of Learning ArchitectsAs former school leaders we know how the Ministry of Education and schools work, so are best-placed to support your application.

Generally, this type of PLD is for supporting areas identified as areas of national priority. The Ministry of Education has also identified regional priorities within these which may also attract funding.

As we complete your application, we will guide you so that it addresses national and regional priorities within the context of your school priorities.

If you would like help with a Dos and Don'ts of how to apply, plus the national and regional priorities to help you customise your PLD application, please click here or complete the form below...

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  1. the national priorities factsheet;
  2. the regional priorities for your area;
  3. examples of the sorts of topics and areas that may be supported to give you an idea of what might work;
  4. an example of a PLD application.

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