CORE's Team

Pauline Scanlan

Senior Leader Engagement


2017 Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori (Level 2) - Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
2005 Certificate in Company Direction - New Zealand Institute of Directors
1992 M.A. (First Class Hons) English and Education - University of Canterbury
1980 B.Ed. (Hons) English - University of Cambridge

Contact details


P: 0800 267 301

M: 021 030 2290

Region: Canterbury

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Professional profile

Pauline has been a secondary English teacher, head of department, secondary adviser, lecturer, publisher and education consultant.

Her particular interest is in facilitating clients to operationalise ideas through supporting them with strategy, thinking, problem solving, conceptualising, synthesising and planning.

Pauline’s work has covered a broad range of strategic projects across a number of organisations including the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the Asia New Zealand Foundation, the Eastern Metropolitan Region of the Department of Education, Victoria, and the Department of Human Services South, Victoria. She spent time in Southern India working with teachers on an intensive professional learning project.

In 2018 CORE won the contract to lead the public engagement part of the Ministry of Education’s review into NCEA. This involved designing and running workshops, hui, focus groups, and interviews across Aotearoa New Zealand. Engagement was held in te reo Māori as well as English, and involved face-to-face interactions with hundreds of stakeholders. Pauline led the large CORE team that undertook this work.

Pauline worked with the Eastland Community Trust in Gisborne, and Masterton Lands Trust on reviewing and developing their regional education strategies. In 2016 and 2017 she worked with The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa on conceptualising and developing their Learning Philosophy. In 2017 and 2018 she worked with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) on conceptualising and developing their Learning Philosophy, this involved broad stakeholder engagement - face to face and online - in both countries.

Pauline is also a highly experienced resource developer and has worked with the Ministry of Education on numerous resource projects over the years, most recently the Educational Leaders and Māori History websites, and the Sexuality Education guidelines for principals and teachers.

She has written and edited a large number of educational resources, books and reports.

She has worked with individual schools on reviewing strategy.

Pauline has overall responsibility for quality at CORE.


Pauline has expertise in the following areas:

  • Strategy and problem solving
  • Synthesising and shaping ideas to achieve coherence and clarity
  • Developing education stories and case studies
  • Qualitative research
  • Workshop design and facilitation
  • Strategic communications
  • Community consultation
  • Community engagement
  • Resource development
  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Not-for-profit governance


Fellow of the Capital Area Writing Project, North Carolina State University.

Personal statement

I grew up on a council estate in Sheffield, England. I think I epitomise the life-changing impact that a decent state school and committed teachers can have on our most under-privileged children. My take on transformation? Equity, social justice and inclusion are a good start.