“Working collaboratively with teachers and schools to develop students’ understanding and curiosity about the world, their place in it, and how to achieve that, makes this job a privilege and a joy.”

Anne Purves

PLD Consultant - Team Leader - North Island
  • CoL Expert Partner

Anne works as an education consultant throughout the Central South region and is based in New Plymouth. She works with schools in the following areas:

  • Assessment for learning
  • Mentoring and coaching school leaders and leadership teams
  • Teaching as inquiry
  • Principal appraisal
  • Innovative (modern) learning practices
  • e-asTTle
  • Curriculum and learning as inquiry

Anne has a wealth of expertise and experience in facilitating professional learning. She has worked as a leadership and assessment facilitator for a number of years, and prior to this she facilitated assessment for learning PLD. Her work in the area has given her extensive knowledge and a wide range of practical skills in all aspects of effective pedagogy.

She has great skills in supporting schools with high levels of underachievement to develop evidence informed inquiry to drive change. She works effectively with leaders to improve learning outcomes for students through inquiring into their leadership capability and through principal appraisal. She is skilled at developing learning communities within and across schools.

Anne's has deep knowledge of curriculum development and her particular curriculum strengths are in science, technology and education for sustainability. She has expertise in inquiry learning and creating authentic learning opportunities for students, where they work collaboratively to develop new knowledge and then apply it.

In her spare time Anne loves to be by or on the water, spending time with her family and travelling. She endeavours to engage in a regular fitness programme through walking, yoga and the gym.

These are some of the schools Anne has worked with recently:

  • Te Awamutu Primary
  • Oakura Primary School
  • Churton School
  • Waitara High School
  • Manunui Primary


“I have found Anne’s help this year invaluable. She has a wealth of knowledge and has assisted me to advance my own skills in a number of areas. Her sessions with us have been thought provoking both in relation to my own teaching and for the further development of the skills of colleagues in my department. Anne has been highly supportive and has challenged me to think about how I teach and what I need to do to improve results and the capabilities of my students. She has reminded me of the benefits for the students of them doing the hard work, not the teacher!"

Melanie – Secondary HoD

"Anne is an outstanding Leadership and Assessment facilitator. With her help we have made significant progress in improving the quality of teaching and learning at our school. Anne asks the questions that really make you reflect on your teaching practice and the effectiveness of your interactions with students. She has helped us all - staff and students alike - become better learners. She has an excellent rapport with staff, and constantly challenges us to be reflective, proactive professionals focussing on improving student achievement in our school."

Chris - Principal, rural primary school