Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF)

TLIF supports teams of qualified teachers from early learning services, ngā kōhanga reo, schools and kura to collaboratively develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes. Round 4 opens on 20 November.

Round 4 of the TLIF opened on 20 November. Proposals are due by 22 February 2018.

Find out how to apply

About the Teacher-led Innovation Fund

The fund supports teams of teachers to develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes especially for students who are Māori, Pasifika, have special education needs, or come from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Projects could involve applying existing teaching practices in new ways or exploring new practices to see if they can improve learning outcomes.

To support students’ learning pathways, project teams are encouraged to partner with post-secondary education providers as well as and business and community organisations, where relevant to the project.

The funding provides an opportunity for teachers to:

  • inquire into ‘puzzles of practice’, with other kaiako/teachers, to find ways of helping individual (or groups of) students to succeed 
  • work in partnership with experts, for example, academics, researchers, community and/or cultural leaders, innovation experts
  • share what works with other kura/schools/services and educators across New Zealand.

How funding can be used

The funding applied for must align with the purpose, scope, scale and expected benefits of the project.

Projects can include and fund tertiary organisations as appropriate.

The fund allows for project teams to bring in additional expertise if they need to. 

Successful projects from rounds 1-3

Read more about some of the current and completed TLIF projects

Supporting teacher inquiry (external link)  - 3 project leaders talk about their work to lift student achievement in their school community (project teams are from Waimairi School, Manutuke School, and Alfriston College)

Plans come to fruition at Kaikorai Valley College (external link)  - Dunedin students are benefitting from a TLIF project that aims to increase their engagement with science, technology and agriculture education (at Kaikorai Valley College)

Thinking about thinking in the classroom (external link)  - Step Up the Talk is an inquiry project that helps teachers critically reflect on the way they engage students in the learning process. (at Glenavon School)


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