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Cluster group and Winter school

Here’s some information about two professional development opportunities coming up in the Waikato & Bay of Plenty.  The first is an informal get together suitable for beginners and those looking for planning ideas and support. The other is a full weekend of professional development for more advanced practitioners, with the amazing Tim Taylor from the UK (author of ‘Beginners Guide to Mantle of the Expert’).

If you’re someone who has been dying to dig deeper into Mantle of the Expert – whether as a beginner or as an experienced teacher looking for that next step in your journey – there is something here for you.

22 May 2018: Bay of Plenty Cluster meeting at Omokoroa Point School, 37 Hamurana Rd, Omokoroa 3114.  3.30pm-5.30pm ish. No charge. Just bring your questions and planning ideas and something to share for afternoon tea. To register attendance or find out more please contact Stephan Hall on  

9-10 July 2018: Mantle of the Expert Winter school with Viv Aitken and Tim Taylor to be held at Institute of Professional Development, Waikato University, Hamilton. Limited places available. This workshop will not be advertised to the public and is suitable for teachers and school leaders with some experience in planning and implementing Mantle of the Expert. Cost is $400. More information on the attached flier or contact Enrolment is here

Winter School Final


Article all about the “Mantle Underground”

Some time ago I was invited to write a chapter for a book on University-school partnerships. I had never really thought of our activities as being worthy of academic attention, but I was tickled to be asked and I wrote the chapter – with help from a bunch of other people including Delia Baskerville, Renee Downey, Stephen Hall, Jon Jenner, Robin Kermode, Jodie Moore, Sophie Stevenson, Gaenor Stoate and Carrie Swanson…

After quite a few delays, the book finally came out in October last year. I’ve been given permission to share our chapter on this website… and you’ll find it here . Big thanks to those who helped with comments and input.

P.S. I nearly called the chapter “It’s not what we’re teaching, it’s how we’re teaching!” which was a bit of a catchphrase for the ‘Mantle Underground’ in the early days… but as you’ll see I went with something a bit more conventional in the end. Enjoy!



Introductory workshop / cluster meeting for Hawkes Bay

Kia Ora

Thursday of next week Viv will be running an introductory workshop  for teachers in the Hawke’s Bay interested in learning more about Heathcote’s Mantle of the Expert approach. Suitable for primary through to secondary and for curious beginners to experienced practitioners, this meeting will be a low key gathering in the tradition of the successful cluster meetings that have run in Hamilton, Bay of Plenty and elsewhere for the last few years.
Where: Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) 501 Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier
Room L319 (third floor of the library block – you’ll find the lift by “Bean There” cafe)
When: 4.30 for 5pm until 6.30pm on Thursday 3rd September
Bring: a friend and a contribution to shared kai (finger food or drink)
Cost: Only your time
Be ready to: Actively participate and plan together, share knowledge, experience and questions,
Take away: Something to try in your teaching.
Since this is the first session in Hawke’s Bay it would be good to have an idea of numbers attending, so please RSVP to
Hope to see you there…

Tauranga Cluster Meeting

Hi everybody,

The next meeting of the Tauranga Cluster group will be held at Omokoroa Point School on Thursday 10th of Septembeer at 4pm.

We are lucky enough to be Andrea O’Hagan, a drama specialist, taking us through Drama activities and conventions. Hope you can make it.


Next Hamilton cluster meeting

Hi team

The next cluster meeting for the Waikato region, which was scheduled for 6th May has been postponed. However, keep watching this space as there are plans afoot for a session based on drama conventions to be held out at Te Kauwhata school soon…


Tauranga Cluster Group first meeting

Hi everybody,

A reminder of our first cluster meeting of 2015. It will be held on Thurdsay 23 April at Windermere in the Maharaia Room, 3:30 nibbles with a 4 pm start. Omokoroa Point School will be sharing their journey so far.

Hope to see you all there.



Tauranga’s First MoTE meeting for 2015

Hello everyone,

A quick message to let you know that we will now have our first gathering on the 23rd of April, 4pm at Windermere in  Maharaia. It was scheduled for tomorrow but a number of us were not able to make this. Hope this suits everybody.

We will have a focus on planning and Omokoroa Point will share their journey so far.

Hope to see you all then,



Hamilton Cluster meeting – date for your diary

The Hamilton cluster meeting at Aberdeen school this week was a great success. It was great to see so many in attendance – we had about 15 there including an international visitor – Joni Warner from the US – (great you could make it Joni!). Participants enjoyed hearing from Michelle (a regular Mantle user), who shared her planning principles. Participants then  broke into two groups: one lot tried out planning for themselves and the other participated in a mini mantle designed to promote writing. It was very exciting to hear at the end of the meeting how every person was taking away something new to try in their classrooms. We look forward to hearing how you get on! Do share your experiences on our facebook page.

Next meeting of the Hamilton / Waikato  group is planned for Wednesday 6th May and we are all invited out to Te Kauwhata school – Thanks Vicki and team! The focus for that session will be using drama conventions for effective teaching across the curriculum… Watch this space for more information closer to the time.



Hamilton’s first cluster meeting of 2015 coming up soon

Kia ora colleagues. The first cluster meeting of 2015 for the Hamilton region will be held on Thursday 26th February at 4pm  at Aberdeen school, Aberdeen Drive, Dinsdale in Hamilton. This will be a session on planning in Mantle of the Expert – good for beginners or a refresher for more experienced teachers. We will share and compare different teachers’ planning approaches, and consider how to plan taking into account   the core elements that make up MoTE. Many thanks to Michelle for hosting this session.

It would be good to get a sense of numbers, so if you would like to attend, please email Michelle at And when you come, bring a plate, and a friend.



Report from cluster meetings in Tauranga and Auckland

Two cluster meetings were held recently – a fresh gathering of people in Auckland (thanks Raquela and Michelle for organising this) and a re-gathering of the faithful in Tauranga (great to see such a big turnout and thank you for the lovely parting gifts). Here is Raquela’s report on what the Auckland meeting got up to – along with a planning resource for working in the Commission model, as shared by Kineret.

Kia Ora,

Auckland MOTE cluster had its first meeting on Friday, thanks for those who were able to come. Kineret and Hilari shared some of their work with us. We went from the silk road in China to a retirement home across the road and were inspired by the creative thinking, student voice, and community interaction that is possible through MOTE.We are looking forward to our next meeting late January 2015. Watch this space for more details. Please find the attached ‘Commission Model’ Kineret kindly shared with us. Nga mihi,Raquela

Mantle of the Expert – Commission Model (2)