Our mission is to improve opportunities and outcomes for young people by bridging the gap between research and practice in education

Our mission is to improve opportunities and outcomes for young people by bridging the gap between research and practice in education

About The Education Hub

The Education Hub was launched in 2017 with a mission to bridge the gap between research and practice in education in order to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and young people. Our work is focused on providing early childhood and school teachers and leaders with access to high quality, reliable, and practical evidence from both research and practice to support them to enact meaningful change in their contexts of practice.

What we offer

1. Evidence creation

Research evidence
Turning research into accessible, usable, trustworthy resources
Evidence from practice
Identifying, evaluating, capturing and sharing effective practice
Rigorous scholarship
Reports on topical issues in education

2. Dissemination

Getting evidence to teachers

3. Capacity building

Working with teachers, schools and ECE centres, and organisations to build capacity to use evidence to improve practice

Our organisation’s values

Rigour and evidence driven
Reliable and rigorous evidence, generated by research and in practice, forms the starting point for all our work. We draw on both New Zealand and international research, as well as from various paradigms, provided it meets our standards of rigour.

Educator focused
Teachers and leaders are our primary audience; we aim to be responsive to their needs and to ensure that our resources are accessible to them.

We are non-partisan; and while we have a commitment to collaborate with organisations and individuals, we determine our agenda and work plan.

Committed to pluralism
We believe there are high-level principles that should guide teaching and learning; however, these may be implemented in different ways to achieve common, aspirational educational outcomes for all.


Meet the team

Dr Nina Hood


Nina is a trained secondary school teacher, having taught at Epsom Girls Grammar and Mt Roskill Grammar in Auckland. Nina undertook an MSc (with distinction) in learning and technology, and a DPhil in Education at the University of Oxford. Since returning to New Zealand in mid 2015 Nina has been employed as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland where she specialises in new technologies in education. She is passionate about the hub's mission to encourage research-based teaching, and is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of The Education Hub.

Dr Sarah Mayo

Education Manager

Sarah oversees the creation of research reviews and online courses for The Education Hub. This involves working with researchers from New Zealand and around the world to collate research reviews, and also engaging with teachers in ECE centres and schools around the country to develop case studies of research use in practice. Sarah has a PhD in English from the University of Canterbury. Her doctorate explored how Shakespeare on film could support the teaching of his plays in secondary schools in ways that are responsive to the curriculum and also bring theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives to the study of Shakespeare. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Glen Eden Primary School.

Dr Vicki Hargraves

Early Childhood Education Expert

Vicki is our resident early childhood education (ECE) experts, a role which sees her facilitating our ECE webinar series, developing many of our online courses, and writing a number of our research reviews. Vicki is a teacher, mother, writer, and researcher living in Cairns, Australia. Her PhD used philosophy to explore creative approaches to understanding early childhood education. She is inspired by the wealth of educational research that is available and is passionate about making this available and useful for teachers.

Amanda Howley-Rouse

Office Manager

Amanda supports the day-to-day running of The Education Hub. After working in executive office management and team leadership roles within the finance sector for 15 years, she switched to the not-for-profit sector and hasn’t looked back. Amanda is an experienced officer manager and is passionate about contributing to her community. She enjoys volunteering as a Girl Guide Leader, Health & Safety Officer at St Ignatius Parish and various committees, programmes and initiatives at her children’s school.

Madeleine Matanawa

Learning Designer

Madeleine works as a Learning Designer at The Education Hub. She has a real interest in how people learn and in how online platforms can be used to best effect. This was formed over many years teaching adult learners, predominantly tertiary students, improving their English language. Before that she studied English literature and creative writing in the UK; reading books and occasionally writing them remain her favourite activities.


Maury Leyland


Maury has a long held passion for working with organisations that can bring change that benefits New Zealand. She is co-founder of Leaft Foods, an innovative ingredient company that produces high-quality plant-based protein products. Maury has previously been a director of Genesis Energy, Spark New Zealand and Transpower New Zealand and was on the Lincoln University Transformation Board. Maury was a senior executive at Fonterra from 2005, most recently stepping down as managing director people, culture and strategy in 2016.

Professor Graeme Aitken

Graeme has a long history in education, firstly as a geography teacher and then in Secondary Teacher Education, as the Director of The University of Auckland Principals Centre, and most recently as the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Graeme co-developed the Teaching as Inquiry model that underpins the pedagogical approach of the New Zealand Curriculum and is the co-author of the Best Evidence Synthesis for Social Sciences.

Andrew Grant

Andrew is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company where he leads their Global Public Sector Practice and is a member of McKinsey’s Global Board. Andrew is committed to education and has been involved in a number of education initiatives both through his work at McKinsey and also in New Zealand, including the establishment of both the Springboard Trust and the Onehunga Business School.

Andrew Poole

Education and conservation are two areas where Andrew sees the opportunity for a step change to enhance New Zealand’s success. Andrew is the Chief Executive of law firm MinterEllisonRuddWatts. Andrew also is the Executive Chair of the Rotoroa Island Trust and sits on NEXT Foundation’s Education Waka Kaihautu.

Our supporters

The Education Hub could not function without the generous support of a number of organisations and individuals. We are particularly grateful to our key financial supporters:

Next Foundation
The Fletcher Trust
The Aotearoa Foundation

We further extend our gratitude to the educational organisations that have opened their doors to us and hosted The Education Hub's events.

If you are interested in finding out how you or your organisation can support The Education Hub’s work, please email us.

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