"Supporting all learners in collaborative inquiry to strengthen and improve learning and teaching, to challenge and change their mindsets, is exciting and energising."

Jacqui Clayton

PLD Consultant - Upper South Island

Accredited facilitator for MoE-funded PLD - See Summary of practice

Jacqui works as an education consultant based in Blenheim. Her consultancy area is the top of the South Island, including Marlborough, Nelson, Tasman and Buller.

She works with schools in the following areas:

  • Assessment for learning
  • Teaching as inquiry
  • Leadership - mentoring and coaching school leaders and leadership teams
  • Literacy
  • Effective and innovative (modern) teaching + learning practices
  • Strategic thinking and planning

Jacqui has extensive expertise in facilitating professional development. She has worked as a leadership and assessment facilitator for a number of years. Prior to this she specialised in the area of literacy as a facilitator of the highly successful Literacy Professional Development Project, working with Helen Timperley around facilitating effective professional learning and using practice analysis conversations. Jacqui has been a teacher, a principal and she has lectured and coordinated seminars for educators at the Dunedin College of Education.

Jacqui enjoys supporting effective leadership that places learners and learning at the centre and uses evidence informed inquiry to lead and improve learning within schools. She supports schools to plan strategically and to develop and embed coherent processes and systems that improve teaching and learning. Jacqui helps leaders and teachers with the types of conversations they need to use as they inquire and learn together to build their adaptive expertise.

Jacqui has a deep understanding of effective pedagogy, especially in reading and writing. Her facilitation strengths include supporting schools to focus on learners and learning by developing an inquiry habit of mind and using all assessments purposefully for learning. She has an extensive knowledge of key resources and research which she is keen to share to help others make connections and build their knowledge, understanding and pedagogy.

In her spare time Jacqui loves to read, go to movies and catch up with friends and family. She enjoys travelling to family in the UK and she attempts to fit in regular visits to the gym.

Here are some of the schools Jacqui has worked with

  • Enner Glynn School
  • Whitney Street School
  • St Peter Chanel
  • Parklands School


"Our work with Jacqui has supported our school to make great progress in developing coherent instructional programmes for teachers and students. Jacqui has supported us through the complexity and allowed us to put in place practices that support our students to learn and enable them become better learners. The learning of our teachers and leaders has been around robust and reflective conversations which have been brilliantly facilitated by Jacqui. This has led to us all formulating a plan which allows us to support the direction, build capacity for future change, and embed our practices. Jacqui has listened to us, worked alongside us and other providers to co-ordinate and develop our ways forward. This has been integral to our growth."

Isaac - Principal

"Jacqui actively assists us with developing a more positive and mindful learning culture throughout our school. Her facilitation has resulted in increased student engagement and teachers becoming much more reflective and adept at using their adaptive expertise. Jacqui has enabled us to use teaching as inquiry and assessment for learning with effectiveness to encourage our learners to be self-managing and improve learning and achievement across the curriculum. Jacqui is very easy to work with and has become a valued member of our team. Through our work with Jacqui we have made substantial changes to our learning culture and we are embedding these by developing systems and processes with our learners at the centre. We benefit greatly from her professionalism in regularly leading our Professional Learning and Development. Jacqui has assisted me greatly as a principal mentor, with her expertise and experience as a former principal."

Marg - Principal