“ We have used both your book and the resources and information you personally presented in our school to great advantage for our students and to challenge our thinking about unconscious bias and the reality of 'high expectation' practice.

This focus was further affirmed for us last year when we were selected by ERO to be part of a new publication coming out this year concerning the practice making a difference to student achievement in Years 4-6. ”

- Carol Bevis, Principal Bledisloe School, Taradale

“ Open and warm learning environment where we are able to comment or not, about given topics.  Love listening to both facilitators and their explanations on given topics.  Again, it is affirmations with what we are trying to implement in our school. ”

“ Just gets better in every session.  Thoroughly enjoying the new learning, making connections, challenging my thinking and making plans on how to lead this learning in our school. ”

“ I learnt about not making assumptions, having high expectations even for those who you assume will not achieve, always giving equal opportunity to learn to all.  ”

“ The knowledge gained has given me another avenue to consider in leading teachers within our school. The challenge will be opening teachers mindset to the idea of alternative to ability groupings and move to mixed ability grouping, which they are already trialling in maths. ”

Leaders Influencing Teachers' High Expectations

Leaders Influencing Teachers' High Expectations (LITHE™) is based on the ground breaking research of Professor Christine Rubie-Davies and is designed to support school leaders and teachers as they investigate the implications of this research on student achievement.The four half-day programme explores high expectation teaching theory and its potential to accelerate student outcomes. It provides powerful insights, compelling evidence and practical strategies for rethinking the nature of differentiation, class climate and student goal setting. This programme challenges many of the existing practices currently used in New Zealand schools.

LITHE™ is designed for school leaders and provides practical support for those wishing to revisit their school’s approach to teaching and learning on the basis of researched evidence. Click here for an insight into the work behind this exciting new programme.

We look forward to offering this significant leadership PLD opportunity to your school. Please see dates below for more details.

LITHE™ funding support may be available to your school through Ministry of Education PLD funding. 

We encourage three or more people to attend from each enrolling organisation. Feedback from our workshops suggests that the learning is most valuable and has the greatest impact, when a team of three or more from a school attend together.

If you require more information, please feel free to contact:
Richard Newton
Phone: +64 27 5429435

Course Details

LITHE: Auckland


2019 Dates


  • 11 September (9:30am - 12:30pm)
  • 25 September (9:30am - 12:30pm)
  • 21 October (9:30am - 12:30pm)
  • 5 November (9:30am - 12:30pm)


2020 Dates TBC

Register Now


Time: Morning sessions (9:30am - 12:30pm)

Venue: Kohia Centre, The University of Auckland, Faculty of Education

Gate 2, 76 Epsom Ave, Auckland

Cost:  $795 + GST (or 10% discount for 3 or more participants)