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Lynne Silcock

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)


1998 MA (Recreation and Leisure Studies) - Victoria University
1987 DipTchg (Teaching children with special needs) - Christchurch Teachers College
1981 BA (Psyc) - Victoria University

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 041 6979

Accreditation Number: ACC 236

Region: Wellington

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Lynne Silcock

Professional experience

Lynne is an experienced educator, facilitator and leader with a background in secondary teaching, inclusive education and education technology. 

Since she joined CORE Education in 2015 Lynne has had multiple roles. She has facilitated professional learning in schools with the Learning with Digital Technologies team, is a member of the Connected Learning Advisory and supports inclusive practice in both teams. Within CORE and in her work with schools her focus is the use of digital technologies to support learning for all. 

Lynne is passionate about designing learning for all and the ways that a variety of technologies can be used to support a wide range of students in any classroom. She has been an advocate of Universal Design for Learning for many years as she sees the potential for this framework to help teachers support those who have failed to thrive in traditional education settings.

Lynne has a background in assistive technology, secondary teaching and sports leadership.

Prior to joining CORE in 2015, Lynne worked in the Ministry of Education as the national coordinator for the NZ assistive technology team. She has a wealth of knowledge of how specialised and standard technologies can be used to support learners, including those with disabilities or additional learning needs.

Her teaching experience is primarily with students with additional learning needs, but includes secondary maths, geography and outdoor education. She has been involved in gymnastics as a Gymsports NZ board director, international judge, national judging coordinator, regional president and event director.


Lynne has specialist expertise, in-depth knowledge of relevant education pedagogy and hands on facilitation experience in the following areas:

Change leadership

Supported a virtual team from 15 districts to deliver equitable services associated with assistive technology (including 200% increase in overall services to students and a 7% raise in the proportion of services to Māori) by:

  • developing a shared vision
  • using qualitative and quantitative data to inform and critically analyse practice
  • maintaining a focus on outcomes
  • developing relationships and working effectively with other government agencies, schools and other organisations.

Digital fluency

Successfully supported schools and leaders to:

  • use the eLearning Planning frameworks to self-review e-learning practices and capabilities to identify and target areas for improvement
  • evaluate pedagogy and practices to ensure they reflect future-focused education and student centered practice
  • increase student engagement and achievement through the use of digital technologies. 

Inclusive Education

Successfully supported CORE staff and schools to deliver inclusive education by:

  • using Universal Design for Learning principles to help educators to understand how to cater for people with diverse needs
  • increasing access to the curriculum, engagement and achievement through the use of standard and assistive technologies
  • developing awareness of literacy support options for learners with literacy disabilities such as dyslexia. 

Conference presentations, keynotes, workshops examples 

  • 2018: Tararua Kāhui Ako - Future focus and Agency Keynotes
  • 2017: Learning Disabilities Association NZ Key note - Supporting students (with technology)
  • 2015-17: CLA presentations (Keynote - Navigating the Complex Digital Landscape, Learning for all, Strategic Thinking roadmap)
  • 2008-16 uLearn:  Universal Design for Learning and Using technology to improve curriculum access, Literacy support tools
  • 2002-14: Ministry of Education districts Centre for Assistive technology workshops

Personal statement

I grew up in Lower Hutt and now live in Wellington with my partner, our children have flown the nest. I love the outdoors and try to get into the bush as often as I can.

I am excited about the amazing transformation that is happening in education, and believe that the potential for that transformation to support all students cannot be overstated.

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