Building effective, positive learning and personal relationships is at the heart of education. If we are going to have impact, we need to know our learners.

Richard Watkinson

PLD Consultant - Auckland office

Richard works as an education consultant out of our Auckland office, consulting in schools from Northland to the Bay of Plenty. His areas of expertise are:

  • culturally responsive pedagogy
  • literacy across the curriculum
  • assessment for learning
  • e-asTTle
  • lesson observation and practice analysis.

Richard supports intermediate and secondary schools to develop their assessment for learning and culturally responsive pedagogy capabilities, having rich knowledge of pedagogical practices that promote the achievement of Pasifika students. He provides support for classroom teachers, middle leaders and senior leaders to develop effective literacy instruction across all curriculum areas. Richard also offers expert support for schools in the use of the e-asTTle assessment tool and the Arinui appraisal software.

Richard has broad and deep experience of teaching English and media studies, and has been a head of department for both subjects in secondary schools in the UK and New Zealand. He has combined these curriculum leadership roles with literacy leadership; appraisal; mentoring beginning teachers and working with pre-service teachers, both in schools and in training institutions.

Richard has a Masters in Educational Leadership and is working towards a doctoral degree that will further explore the school practices that promote Pasifika student achievement.

Richard enjoys working collaboratively with students, whānau, teachers and leaders to address complex educational issues and promote improved student outcomes. He values and promotes strong learning relationships with all those he works with in the education community.

When he isn’t working, Richard rides his bicycle, plays and watches sport, reads voraciously and spends time with his wonderful family.