CORE's Team

Joanne Robson

Consultant, Accredited Facilitator (English-medium), Expert Partner


2012 M.Ed Leadership and Management (First Class Hons), Unitec Institute of Technology
1995 P.G.Dip.Tch. Auckland College of Education
1994 B.A. (Double major: English/Japanese), University of Auckland

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 627 873

Accreditation Number: ACC 230

Region: Auckland

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Joanne Robson FS W

Professional experience 

Since joining CORE Education in 2015, Joanne has worked alongside a number of schools across New Zealand to transform learning and leading in a personalised, future-focused way. Joanne is an experienced, innovative and passionate facilitator who works closely with leadership teams, leading professional learning and facilitating online learning.

Joanne’s strengths are working collaboratively to motivate and empower staff to promote excellence in teaching, leading and learning; setting high standards for all.  As a confident, dynamic, and articulate facilitator, Joanne offers authentic critical friendship, future focused practices, and a solution focused approach to problem solving. Joanne is versatile, adaptable and a lifelong learner. 

Joanne's M.EdLM focused on the 'Appraisal of Middle Leaders'. This equipped her with critical skills in utilising productive dialogue, leadership development and effective appraisal practice.

As an experienced leader and educator, Joanne draws on over 15 years’ curriculum and pastoral experiences across the sector, having taught most subjects, including English and Media Studies. Joanne draws on her experiences as foundation staff member of the first purpose built Junior High School. As an educational leader, Joanne worked hard to create an Innovative Learning Environment within a traditional classroom setting, equipping her team with innovative practice to empower all learners. 


Joanne is an experienced facilitator with expertise in:

Future-focused education

Working with schools, communities and boards of trustees to:

  • explore future focused themes, including agency, personalisation, collaboration, digital fluency and inclusiveness
  • support the implementation of future focused practice in an inclusive, collaborative and culturally responsive way
  • build capacity within schools and communities, to implement innovative learning practice, aligned to the school vision and values
  • underpins all learning, leading and development with current, relevant research and practical examples from Aotearoa NZ and overseas.


Working with middle and senior  leaders, schools and communities to:

  • build  capacity to lead change
  • mentor and coach leaders to build capabilities
  • support leaders with specific leadership development and effective appraisal practice.

School review and strategic planning

Working with schools and communities to:

  • develop review practice, underpinned by relevant research that promotes continuous improvement
  • use a range of review tools, including the Educational Positioning System and ERO School Evaluation Indicators
  • identify goals, develop strategic plans and implement programmes of learning,  to ensure sustainable future focused school improvement.

Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops

NZARE Conference 2017, Hamilton
  • Middle Leaders as Instructional Leaders in Aotearoa, New Zealand schools - emerging data of role expectations and performance confidence (Bassett & Robson, and Cardno, Deo, Howse)

EDTech NZ Launch

uLearn17, Hamilton

  • Middle Leadership Matters - a practical approach to leading from the middle (Robson & Bassett)
  • Collaboration - building a collaborative culture within Kāhui Ako

Changing Spaces: Rototuna High Schools, Hamilton

  • Collaboration - building a collaborative culture
  • Action Planning - So what? Now what?
NZARE ED Leadership SIG Symposium
  • Middle Leaders Matter

Mid Bays Kāhui Ako: Staff Only Day, North Shore

  • Future Focused Education, Now. (Keynote)
  • Are we making enough difference for all our learners? (Workshop)
ISNZ Conference 2017, Auckland
Changing Spaces: Stonefields School, Auckland
  • Building a Collaborative Culture
  • Outdoor Learning Settings
uLearn16, Rotorua
  • Breakout 3 - Transforming Middle Leaders: Creating Communities of Leaders online
  • Breakout 6  - Designing Inclusive Learning Environments

Emerging Leaders Summit, Auckland and Wellington

  • Inclusive Learning Environments (Auckland / Wellington)

Future Education and Technology Summit, Auckland

  • Learner Agency and Technology

DEANZ Conference, Hamilton

  • “All’s well that ends better”: Engagement and retention in a collaborative online community (Lachlan McLaren, Joanne Robson & Sarah Whiting)
  • The Two Towers: Appraisal and leadership development for ‘middle’ leaders (Martin Bassett & Joanne Robson)


uLearn15, Auckland

  • Breakout 1- A Practitioner's Perspective: Empowering Learners, Educators & Leaders
  • Research Strand- Empowering Middle Leaders: Making Appraisal a meaningful and valued practice.

Emerging Leaders Summit, Auckland: Learner Agency

Future Education & Technology Summit, Auckland: Environments and eLearning


Bassett, M. & Robson, J. (2017) The two towers: The quest for appraisal and leadership development of middle leaders online. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 21(2), [20–30].

CORE EdTalks (2017) Valuing and developing Middle Leaders in Aotearoa New Zealand

It's not a one person show anymore - Middle Leaders Matter (2017) podcast

Middle Leaders Matter (2017) podcast

Robson, J. & Bassett, M. (2017) Middle Leadership Matters 

CORE Education Blog (2017) Middle Leadership Matters 

Cardno & Robson (2016) Realising the Value of Performance Appraisal for Middle Leaders in New Zealand Secondary Schools. Research in Educational Administration & Leadership, 1 (2), 229-254. 

Bassett & Robson (2016) 'The Two Towers: Appraisal and leadership development for ‘middle’ leaders’ (PDF 4.4 MB)

McLaren, Robson & Whiting (2016)  “All’s well that ends better”: Engagement and retention in a collaborative online community (PDF 4.4 MB)

Robson, J. (2012). The Appraisal of Middle Level Leaders in New Zealand Secondary Schools



Personal statement

After travelling the world, I settled back in Tāmaki Makaurau. My husband and I love exploring our local beaches, coffee, reading and spending quality time with our blended whānau and friends.

I am highly passionate about education, lifelong learning and empowering others. I foster a growth mindset, thrive on challenges and I’m determined that our tamariki access the best education for their future!


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