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Philippa Nicoll Antipas

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)


2013 MA Victoria, University of Wellington
2011 BA (First Class Hons) Waikato University
1999 BEd, BA, DipTch. Waikato University

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 589 442

Accreditation Number: ACC 673

Region: Wellington

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Philippa Nicoll-Antipas

Professional experience 

Philippa started with CORE Education in January 2016. She is an experienced facilitator, working alongside clusters, schools and leaders to support transformation initiatives with digital technologies as an enabler. As a passionate educator, Philippa has particular interests in youth wellbeing, design thinking, and creating engaging professional learning and development opportunities. In 2019 she is facilitating the CORE Education Dr Vince Ham eFellowship programme.

She has also been a provider of tailored professional learning services for schools in Wellington and is a mentor within the uChoose mentoring programme.

In 2015, she was herself selected as a CORE Education eFellow, during which time she explored how design thinking principles might invigorate teachers’ professional learning.

Prior to joining CORE, Philippa spent over 15 years in the classroom, primarily as a secondary school English teacher and Head of Department. In 2015 she was the Postgraduate Programme Director (Wellington) for The Mind Lab. She is currently studying part-time towards her PhD in Education.


Future-focused education

Working with schools, communities and boards of trustees to:

  • explore future focused themes, including agency, personalisation, collaboration, digital fluency and inclusiveness
  • support the implementation of future-focused practice in an inclusive, collaborative and culturally responsive way
  • build capacity within schools and communities, to implement innovative learning practice, aligned to the school vision and values
  • underpin all learning, leading and development with current, relevant research and practical examples from Aotearoa NZ and overseas.

Digital fluency

Working with schools, communities and boards of trustees to:

  • increase student engagement and achievement through the use of digital technologies
  • create and embed digital citizenship programmes
  • build teacher and student e-capability.


Working with school leaders and boards of trustees to:

  • redevelop the school vision and personalise the curriculum to reflect this
  • explore pedagogy and practices to ensure they reflect future-focused themes and are culturally responsive
  • develop strategic plans for embedding digital technologies across and within the curriculum
  • guide staff through a change process
  • inquire into best practices for offering and sharing professional learning and development.

Online networks

Working with teachers, leaders, and learning communities to:

  • find the online networks that work best for them
  • build an online presence for learning for their students, staff, community and whānau
  • use online networks to connect with whānau, community and the world.

Design thinking

Working with teachers, leaders, and learning communities to:

  • understand and engage with design thinking frameworks and mindsets
  • use design thinking to underpin leadership and teaching as inquiry
  • support future-focused curriculum and pedagogy with design thinking.

Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops

  • 2018: uLearn - Three steps towards student wellbeing
  • 2017: uLearn - Leading by design: creative effective professional learning experiences
  • 2016: WRATE - Immersive Worlds: Using digital technologies authentically in an English classroom
  • 2016: N4L Point of Learning Podcast - Language, Design Thinking and Teacher Agency
  • 2015: Cambridge Principals’ Tour - Design Thinking: The process, the mindsets, and the applications
  • 2015: uLearn - Feed the Hungry: Applying design thinking principles to invigorate teachers’ professional Learning
  • 2014: uLearn - Turning the Vision into Reality


  • 2017: Lifehack Flourishing Fellowship
  • 2015: CORE Education eFellow 

Personal statement 

I believe as Ralph Waldo Emerson does, that “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” I love to support leaders and teachers on their learning journeys and am convinced of the transformative power of e-learning and future-focused pedagogies.

As a highly connected educator, I inhabit the Twittersphere, and was part of the 2016 and 2014 edchatNZ conference committee, and have co-founded WellyED, a regional network of connected educators. 

I am frequently to be found with a book in hand. A passionate lifelong learner, I love to read, write, connect and converse. In the pursuit of this, I embrace empathy and whakawhanaungatanga as my key professional and personal values.