Professional Learning and Development in Mantle of the Expert

PLD with Networks of Expertise


The Dramatic Inquiry Network Aoteaora is a not for profit Trust, formed in 2020 to support teacher networking and peer-peer support through workshops, cluster meetings and courses. You'll see many of the DI Trust's activities advertised on the newsfeed of this website. The DI Trust has recently been recognised as a Network of Expertise (NEX) and funded by the Ministry of Education. A website for the NEX is in development. Meantime, please email to connect with the Trust and its activities.


PLD with Dr Viv Aitken



Viv Aitken offers tailored professional development in Mantle of the Expert and other Dramatic Inquiry approaches. She works through Tātai Angitu E3@ Massey University, and is an accredited facilitator with the NZ Ministry of Education, which means schools can apply for funding to cover 100% of costs. Viv is available for short workshops and visits, but prefers to work with teachers and school leaders over a sustained period to support change and embed practice. Please get in touch to discuss your professional development needs, for assistance with funding applications, or just for a chat!


Viv is an amazing facilitator and really helped me to step out of my comfort zone as a learner and educator.  My whole staff now uses this approach and it has increased engagement and motivation in all students, particularly those who were previously disengaged from our normal inquiry approach.  

Leslee Allan - Principal Kaurihohore School & founder of 'Number Agents'


In 10 years of teaching, this was the most worthwhile professional development I've done.  Mantle of the Expert is now an integral part of my classroom program and one which has had an extremely positive impact on student learning and engagement … Viv's enthusiasm for and knowledge of Mantle of the Expert needs to be taken advantage of by more teachers!

Renee Downey -  Classroom teacher / Senior Curriculum leader Otaika Valley School