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 early learning and 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 and educators across New Zealand.

How funding can be used

No funding ‘ceiling’ is placed on project applications. However, the funding applied for must align with the purpose, scope, scale and expected benefits of the project.

Projects can include and fund early childhood and tertiary organisations as appropriate.

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

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