Margaret Hesketh

PLD Consultant

Margaret has a dual role at Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga | Evaluation Associates: she is our online learning design lead and an education consultant. She works out of our Wellington office.  

As our online learning design lead, Margaret oversees the design and development of our online learning courses and carries out instructional design for outside agencies. 

In her role as an education consultant, Margaret works with schools in the following areas: 

  • Assessment for learning to build learner agency 

  • Teaching as an inquiry 

  • Leadership and change development 

  • Mathematics (Years 1-8) 

  • Literacy (Years 1-8) 

  • Data analysis and evidence-based decision making 

Margaret believes strongly in the power of student agency.  If students have ownership of their learning, they are motivated and happy to learn.  With increased engagement comes improved student achievement. This is accomplished through building learning-focused environments where the co-construction of learning is an integral part of daily routines. Margaret supports schools to develop a shared understanding of the why, as well as the how, of creating learning focussed environments that encourage and foster learner agency.   

The use of evidence to inform teaching and learning is paramount for Margaret, as is building collaborative relationships focused on learning across all levels of the school. She works with teachers to strengthen inquiry into their teaching practices to accelerate achievement across the curriculum. 

Margaret has extensive experience in leading and working collaboratively with others to effect change within a school to improve student learning outcomes.  She enjoys working alongside teams and individuals to help them improve the skills, knowledge and attitudes that enable them to be positive and effective leaders, learners, and practitioners. 

Margaret has a Master of Education.  Her published thesis was on the professional development of primary school teachers with leadership responsibilities, in which she designed a framework of professional learning and development for teachers with leadership responsibilities. 

When she has some downtime, Margaret enjoys baking, loves a great coffee and spending time with family and friends.