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Science networks

We will continue to establish networks with a dedicated focus on student achievement in science. Science Networks are groups of schools / kura and communities working together to grow capability and to accelerate achievement of priority learners in ways that recognise cultural diversity and that grows innovative and effective 21st century learning environments.

Science Networks are partnerships between students, families / whānau, schools / kura, community leaders, the Ministry of Education and UniServices / the Faculty of Education in the University of Auckland. 

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Science Networks are designed to:

  • Accelerate achievement lifts among students yet to achieve National Standards
  • Grow leadership capability in 21st century learning environments
  • Grow capability among students, teachers, families / whānau and leaders to analyse and use a range of data sets to improve learning environments in ways that resolve achievement challenges
  • Grow lateral learning among students, teachers, families / whānau, school / kura and community leaders to complement structures academic learning.

Together these communities co-construct responses to a learning challenge to enable accelerated progress towards equitable outcomes for priority groups and student achievement.

More information

Who to contact

If you’d like some more information about Science Networks, please contact:

  • Rose Carpenter
  • Ministry of Education
  • Call 04 463 7798 | email


  • Brian Annan, Director Research and Development
  • Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland
  • Call 021 659 302 | email