Life Education Trust review


Life Education Trust (NZ) needed to understand how their programme was aligned with NZ curriculum and leading pedagogy. They also sought to understand what might be happening in the future, emerging trends in education and what a modern classroom might look like.

They commissioned Mary Chamberlain to undertake the review. The review was pertinent because it was undertaken at a time when digital and pedagogical approaches were changing. It was also pertinent because Life Education Trust was investing in new hardware and software to update their mobile classroom operating system and the trust wished to maximise learning opportunities offered by technology.


The Trust asked for a critique of the programme’s lessons and learning outcomes and their relevance to school needs. Additionally, they sought insights into the challenges and opportunities available for the trust in the education environment, now and in the future.

These interests gave rise to the following objectives for the review:

      • robustly critique Life Education Trust’s Programme, lessons and learning outcomes relevant to school needs
      • identify and evaluate challenges and opportunities for the trust in the wider education environment (now and in the future)
      • recommend next steps to assist planning and prioritisation based on the reviews findings.


A report was produced, providing a robust critique of Life Education Trust’s programme in relation to changing education and technology environments. Its main focus was on the challenges and opportunities that are likely to impact on the programmes ongoing relevance.

A number of recommendations were made in the report, and the Trust leadership is working through them in order of priority.


"We needed to understand how our programme was aligned with the curriculum and leading pedagogy. However, understanding what’s happening in the future, emerging trends in education and what a modern classroom might look like was also important. Our enquiries with education leaders of who could help directed us straight to Mary. The outcomes from the review reflected a process to understand who we are and what we do and the recommendations demonstrated Mary understood our unique proposition. Mary has continued to support us as a sounding board as we progress our changes."

John O’Connell, Chief Executive, Life Education Trust (NZ)