Longworth Education is an MoE accredited PLD provider, working across New Zealand in a range of contexts to support teachers play pedagogies in their classrooms. From individual teachers, schools, Kāhui Ako, parent education and the wider education community, Longworth Education can tailor a package to suit your unique professional development needs.

Teacher support

We offer professional teacher support and learning development for teachers who want ongoing coaching in a collaborative learning environment. These in-school teacher support programmes have proven to produce highly effective results.


Classroom observations, teacher coaching and environment reviews

This ongoing teacher support programme is based in your classroom or learning environment. Our facilitators visit your school, observe and provide feedback about learning through play. As well as providing individual professional development, our feedback is designed to improve school policies, teaching practices and the establishment of environments that support effective learning through play.

In-school teacher only days, small group workshops

Every school has unique needs for teacher support and development. We can design workshop material to specifically address the needs of your school. Workshops can be presented during teacher only days or for a specific team or syndicate within your school. We’ll design the content your team needs to continue the journey of implementing learning through play.


Parent evenings workshops

Your parent community also need support to better understand and accept the value of play in school. Alongside teacher support in the school, we can provide parent evenings or full day parent workshops to achieve this. These presentations are designed to be specific to your wider school community and their learning needs.

Custom teacher support

If you have specific challenges or barriers to overcome, we can design a professional learning and development package to help you move forward when transitioning to a play-based learning approach. We design these packages after talking to your team so we can help you achieve optimal teaching practices within play-based settings.


“The Longworth team has provided professional, supportive guidance across 8 of our Kāhui Ako schools, individually tailoring goals to enhance teaching and learning in play. The team is incredibly knowledgeable and personable, ensuring this PD has been both enjoyable and thought-provoking. The model combination of in-class coaching, Zoom meetings, class observations, and workshops has meant learning is delivered in a well-paced manner catering for where teachers are and supporting them through change. The model is well researched and allows teachers with support, to identify their next learning step and through the Longworth teams expertise work out a plan to help them achieve their goals.

I would thoroughly recommend the team for professional development in your school.”


Lisa Cameron, Junior Team leader, Tairua School
Coromandel Kāhui Ako