Dr Brian Hinchco

Principal Consultant

Brian has held the role of regional director for the Ministry New Zealand Curriculum PLD contract. This followed his involvement as a member of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) reference group (2005–2007), and sector representative on the Ministerial National Standards Sector Advisory Group (2009–2012). During his time as an intermediate school principal and principal consultant he has provided significant leadership in curriculum development including leading a number of school cluster curriculum initiatives.

Most recently Brian has worked on a major educational reform initiative where relevant research informed the approach for working with schools and clusters of schools to identify achievement challenges and then to design and implement a strategic action plan approach to develop teaching capacity to address the identified challenges. Brian has an in-depth understanding of working with diverse communities. He was first involved with Te Kotahitanga as a lead principal in one of the Rotorua cluster of schools (2001–2004). From 2012 he has been a foundation member of the Cognition’s Culture Counts Relationship-based pedagogy building on the research work of Professor Russell Bishop .This followed extensive work with the cultural diversity team based in the Auckland Ministry of Education office (2009–2012).