Staff Manager



Kaye Twyford


PhD; MA; PG Dip Educational Leadership; BA; Dip Teaching

  • English Medium
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Expert Partners

Academic Profile

Kaye is an experienced school leader, teacher and more recently, researcher. She is currently an Expert Partner in the Supporting Communities of Learning (CoL) Project for the MOE. This project has involved field-testing of tools, processes and protocols to develop relational, evaluative, improvement and collective capabilities across CoL. Acting as a critical friend, Kaye has provided support and challenge for CoL establishment and used collaborative practices to build shared purpose and develop action plans. Kaye has comprehensive knowledge and understanding of educational change. Her PhD investigated teachers’ engagement in professional learning through a risk lens focused on uncertainty and vulnerability. Her results emphasised the importance of navigating risk, building relational trust and collaborative practices. Her work demonstrates a strong evaluative capability, underpinned by an inquiry mindset and interpretation of evidence. She can support CoL’s inquiry processes, problem definition and development of Achievement Challenges, and theories of improvement with evaluative probes to check progress in teacher/leader and student outcomes. She advocates for a strengths-based approach to leading change.

Kaye is an Expert Partner to four Communities of Learning across the North Island.

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