Data Champions Conference 2020 - Cancelled

17 March 2020

Reluctantly we have had to make the call to cancel the conference for this year, but hope to be able to hold another one towards the end of Term 1 next year.

If you want to keep updated on future events, or share anything, we have a google group here:

We have made the decision not to proceed based on the following:

  • We want to avoid having principals and senior leaders out of schools in a time where they are most likely to be needed at school.
  • Although to date there have only been 11 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand and all are family transmissions and imported by recent travelers from out-side of New Zealand, this could rise at any stage this week.
  • Although the conference is well under the threshold of 500 that is generally considered a mass gathering and that the government has requested be cancelled, it is none-the-less a gathering of over 100 people in close proximity with limited opportunity to maintain physical distance, with many flying in from around the country.
  • The conference, while a great opportunity to build partnerships between schools and learn from each other, is not essential to the running of our schools.

Thank you very much for your understanding and we are hopeful to see you all at the forum later in the year.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me or give me a call.

Ngā manaakitanga (best wishes),

Jake Wills and the Data Champions Conference Team

The 2020 New Zealand School’s Data Champions conference will take place towards the end of Term One on Friday 20th March.

Hosted at the Ministry of Education offices in Wellington, the conference will showcase the best practice happening right across New Zealand schools in using data to make better decisions to positively impact learner outcomes.

One of the keynotes this year will be the Ministry’s Te Rito initiative, now fully budget funded and trialling in some schools. The Te Rito project aims to create a personalised, travelling, life long record of learning for every student that passes through New Zealand’s state schools. Records of learning that travel with the student throughout their schooling will recognise and celebrate each student’s learning progress. They will be holistic, showing strengths and progress across a range of knowledge, skills and capabilities. They’ll identify any need for additional support or extension in an individual student’s learning journey. They will be accessed digitally, giving parents and whānau real-time information on their child’s progress. Governance issues over the use of Educational data will also be covered.

The other keynote will be around how learning stories are being used, as well as brief presentations from Network for Learning (N4L) and some teams from the Ministry who are will be running workshops later in the day on progress mapping (across a broader range of learning – including social and emotional learning).

Please note: we can only support up to three people from each school at this conference in order to allow as many schools as possible attend. Thank you for your understanding with this.

The 2020 Conference is now full sorry

Conference Details

Date: Friday 20 March 2020

Time: 8:30am - 3:15pm

Location: Ministry Of Education,

Mātauranga House,

33 Bowen St,


Cost: Free to attend, lunch included, but each school responsible for transport and accommodation costs if any.


  • 8:30am - Registration and Coffee
  • 9:00am - Keynote
  • 9:55am - Breakout Session 1
  • 10:30am - Breakout Session 2
  • 11:00am - Morning Tea
  • 11:30am - Breakout Session 3
  • 12:05pm - Breakout Session 4
  • 12:35pm - Lunch
  • 1:35pm - Breakout Session 5
  • 2:15pm - Keynote
  • 3:15pm - Finish

There will be time afterwards for people to stay around and network, or get support from others who are willing to share.

The full program can be found here

Registrations are now closed, and the program is now finalised.

Information below this point is here for reference only.

As in 2019, the Data Champions Conference 2020 is by teachers, for teachers. Sharing best practice will again be at the heart of 20th March event. We are currently looking for people willing to share from both primary and secondary schools, and particularly after people who are willing to run hands-on workshops where people can 'get their hands dirty'. If you are willing to share please email and we can discuss details.