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Rebbecca Sweeney

Quotation marksI empower people to collaborate to make a difference with students and their whānau — that means empowering all people to be learners and it means ensuring that students and families have a say too.Quotation marks 

Quotation marksI empower people to collaborate to make a difference with students and their whānau — that means empowering all people to be learners and it means ensuring that students and families have a say too.Quotation marks 


Rebbecca works with leaders and teachers in the primary, secondary and ECE sectors to help them to:

  • Build collaborative practice - teamwork and group work.
  • Develop communication skills for teams and groups.
  • Create shared vision and goals.
  • Understand and practice Teaching as Inquiry and Spirals of Inquiry - collaborative and individual.
  • Explore and practice future focused education.
  • Use design thinking for innovation.
  • Use story mapping and learning map processes.
  • Reflect on their capability and change their practice.
  • Create case studies and research practice.

Rebbecca has been a primary school teacher, a Ministry of Education official, an education publications account manager, a leadership and assessment facilitator, a mentor and a professional learning facilitator for individual teachers and leaders in both primary and ECE settings. She has a Master of Education and researched leadership practices within networks of New Zealand schools.

Rebbecca has also worked with several clusters of schools and services to support them in building their collaborative practice. This involves supporting clusters to develop common goals, build relational trust, develop a cluster vision and also to tackle any issues.

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Facilitation and mentoring
Currently, Rebbecca is a team leader for the Future Focused Inquiries team, providing professional practice support to the team in relation to inquiry practices. She is working with secondary middle leaders to build collaborative Teaching as Inquiry practices and is also mentoring school leaders through CORE’s UChoose programme.

Through her role as a Leadership and Assessment facilitator Rebbecca supported schools to review and improve their leadership and assessment practices, processes and systems including the development of formative assessment practices and the effective analysis and use of data.

Work with clusters and networks
Rebbecca works with several clusters or networks of schools and services in Christchurch, Porirua, Masterton and Auckland. Rebbecca supports clusters to engage in the following learning and development:

  • How to truly collaborate on a common goal across sectors - to move beyond basic "sharing" practices.
  • Narrowing or building a coherent cluster plan.
  • Developing a common needs based goal or goals that are relevant to all schools/participants.
  • Involving whānau and community or iwi in cluster level work.
  • Developing new ways of working after a cluster split/reorganisation.
  • Building role clarity and trust/relationships.

Ministry of Education
Rebbecca worked on many projects across a number of divisions with a key focus on developing and implementing policy based on research and supporting schools and boards with resources related to:

  • Effective governance.
  • Cycles of inquiry and teaching as inquiry.
  • Evaluative capability.
  • Resourcing.
  • Collaboration/networking.

She also worked closely with schools involved in schooling improvement clusters to support them as a local office senior adviser.

More recently, Rebbecca led the facilitation of learning and development workshops for Ministry regional staff across New Zealand.

Email: rebbecca.sweeney@core-ed.org

Phone: 027 4873009

Blog: Rebbecca Sweeney

Twitter: @beccasweeney