The University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership

Centre for Educational Leadership

Growing Leadership - Enhancing Learning


Who are we?

Welcome to the Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL) website.  CEL provides a range of leadership services for educational leaders and organisations both in New Zealand and overseas. All our work is informed by rigorous educational leadership research and the practical experience of our team of researchers, past principals and senior leaders. We are committed to improving student outcomes through building leadership expertise.

Student-centred Leadership Model

Why we do it

What makes the Centre for Educational Leadership different to other providers of educational leadership professional development is our adherence to being research informed and yet practically oriented. 

The Centre bases its work on a model of student-centred leadership developed by Viviane Robinson and colleagues as a result of their work on the “Best evidence Synthesis- School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why”  (Robinson, Hohepa, & Lloyd, 2009) which examines the links between leadership and student outcomes.  The model to the left represents five dimensions of effective leadership, identified from this research, and shows how they are underpinned by three leadership capabilities. These three are seen as crucial to effective leadership and describe the “knowledge skills and dispositions needed to make the dimension work in a particular school context” (Robinson, V. M. J. 2011. Student-Centered Leadership pg. 16).

Click here to read more about our theories and research.

How we do it

How we do it

CEL deliver high quality, student-centred leadership workshops to an ever expanding range of principals and senior school leaders. These workshops include programmes such as:-

We also offer bespoke design options for both schools and Communities of Learning (CoL) or Kāhui Ako as they are commonly called.

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Our Perspectives are opinion pieces that highlight current and topical educational leadership matters. We write candidly about our views and offer a fresh perspective on today’s educational leadership challenges.