Gayle McIlraith

MEdAdmin Massey; AdvDipTchg Auckland College of Education; PGCert Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) Unitec; CertHRM, University of Auckland


Gayle McIlraith is the Lead Facilitator and Manager of Reading Recovery (Northern Region) oversight of the Accelerated Learning in Literacy (ALL) contract at the  Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland.

Gayle leads a team of 5 facilitators and a team of 11 reading recovery tutors to design high quality professional learning experiences in partnership with leaders and teachers in schools across the Northern Region. Accelerating  student  achievement in Literacy  is a key focus for this work.

Previously Gayle held a range of  teacher and  senior leadership roles in the primary  schooling sector before moving into facilitating and leading professional learning and development programmes across a wide variety of schools from years 1 to 10. These include:

  • Facilitating Making Better Sense of Science
  • Project Director of Appraisal Skills for Teacher
  • Project Director of Leading and Managing Change in Schools.
  • Managing a range of School Support Services contracts Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Secondary English and English Speakers of other Languages
  • Facilitating: Introduction to the New Zealand Science Curriculum
  • Facilitating: Introduction to the New Zealand English Curriculum
  • Senior leadership roles with considerable experience in leading learning across all areas of the primary sector.



Research | Current

  • McIlraith, G. (2015) Use of video: A lever for critical inquiry and a deep analysis of practice
  • Effective Facilitator Practice : A competitive Advantage: Jill Parfitt and Gayle McIlraith. 2nd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, 22 July 2010
  • Parfitt, J. and McIlraith, G. (2009) Preparing a professional development organisation to operate in a contestable funding environment by identifying effective facilitator practice. University of Auckland
  • McIlraith, G. (2006) Digital Appraisal in Action: An Evaluation of 360 degree Feedback. A report prepared in partial fulfilment of the requirments for the degree of Masters of Educational Administration

Teaching | Current

  • Literacy
  • English Language Learners
  • Science


2010​: The University of Auckland general staff excellence award as part of the team delivering National Standards in the Auckland and Northland region.


Gayle's current position and responsibilities are within the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland. Gayle leads and manages responsibilities of five facilitators  working within Professional Development, the Accelerated Literacy Learning contract and the Progress and Consistency tool contract.  She  manages  a project co-ordinator and is Manager of the Reading Recovery, Northern region contract of nine tutors and two administrators.

Areas of expertise

Gayle is a very experienced manager of professional learning and development within the schooling sector. She has the ability to work collaboratively with personnel within the Faculty of Education and Social Work and Uniservices and externally with  students, teachers, school leaders, and national and regional Ministry of Education personnel. Her areas of specialist knowledge include:

The New Zealand Curriculum (Science and English)

  • Literacy and English Language Learners
  • Inquiry
  • Data Literacy
  • Leadership and change management
  • Building Relationships and relational trust
  • Use of digital technologies to enhance learning
  • Communication and mediation
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Project Management
  • Performance management

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Team Solutions: Leadership team
  • The Sector Reference Group: Curriculum, Progress and Achievement

Contact details

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Primary office location

Level G, Room G01
New Zealand

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