Eastern Learning Network 2020

The Eastern Learning Network (ELN) is made up of schools and colleges in Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand who work together to grow their leadership capabilities and practice to improve learning and teaching. Established in 2013 the ELN has emerged as a developing Community of Practice that has adult learning at its core.

The ELN continues to offer schools breakfast workshops throughout the year to inquire into and critically analyse leadership practice. Building upon the professional learning of previous years the focus for 2020 is Collaborative Inquiry to grow Middle Leadership.

The ELN provides another space for schools from the same Kahui Ako to progress their learning together, cognisant of each Kahui Ako’s Achievement Challenges.


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Maggie Ogram
Director - Osprey Consulting

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Dr. Howard Youngs
Senior Lecturer - AUT

Mark Osborne

Mark Osborne
Director - Leading Learning

Cathy Wylie

Cathy Wylie
A Chief Researcher at NZCER

Deidre Le Fevre

Deidre Le Fevre
Senior Lecturer - University of Auckland


A team of researchers from Auckland University of Technology and Osprey Consulting continue with a longitudinal research study into teacher collaborative inquiry practice in the ELN to provide members with feedback to further inform their collaborative practice. Through publication of the research the ELN practice continues to be shared on various platforms globally including in Asia and the UK.

Online Resources

A bank of online resources including workshop material and videos of presentations supports the professional learning throughout the year. The ELN online forum and community gives ELN members the ability to collaborate and share ideas.


Contact Us

Please click here if you are interested in joining the network in 2020 and we will get back to you promptly.

Feedback on the ELN



"Our biggest success has been coming together as a group of leaders, and having the opportunity to learn together."

Robin Kirkham, Principal
Point View School




"Most of our schools in our Kahui Ako are in this (ELN) forum…our Across School Leaders and Within School Leaders attend. So we are all hearing the same messages."

Gina Benade, Principal,
Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School




"Being new to the ELN this year as Elim Christian College…It has been a wonderful opportunity for us to have frank conversations around leadership and strengthening our inquiries."

Chhaya Narayan
Senior leader, Across School Lead
Elim Christian College