The CET invests in educational research, initiatives, interventions and projects that address inequalities in learning outcomes and increase teacher effectiveness.

 Learning outcomes are both the social and the cognitive skills and capabilities valued in our society.

The definition of “teacher” embraces a broad range of people who impact on a student’s learning outcomes and includes: members of the teaching profession, related professions, support staff; parents, family and whanau and the wider community.

 The two strategic priorities are:  

Building capabilities from birth to Year 13 because of the compelling evidence of the importance of early years; the influence of parents, caregivers, family and whanau as first teachers; and that early emotional connectedness and language confidence is critical to engagement in learning.  

Increasing teacher effectiveness, because the evidence shows that effectiveness in teaching is the single most powerful influence on learning outcomes. 


The Trust supports projects that:

  • Raise learners’ engagement in their learning, enhance children and young people’s capabilities, are responsive to individual aspirations and needs, and improve learning outcomes, and /or increase teacher effectiveness
  • Address inequality in education in New Zealand
  • projects in which research,  practice and evaluation are integrated
  • Will be  sustainable, replicable and/or scalable and provide evidence-based findings for dissemination to our beneficiaries and other stakeholders
  • Seek to work collectively and in collaboration with other funders and will support purposeful collaboration between schools and other interested stakeholders.

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with our granting principles and priorities and to discuss the proposed project with our Executive Officer before completing the Funding Application.
Granting rounds have been held twice each year, in February and September, but this is currently under review. Updates will be given on the website and through our occasional newsletter which you can sign up for.

We are also revising our application form, so this is not available at the moment.