Mr Dave Appleyard, of Lower Hutt, MNZM, for services to education
Dave Appleyard was Principal of Rata Street School in Naenae, overseeing growth in the school’s roll and positive Education Review Office reviews.
He selected charitable partnerships to match needs in the school, helped improve internet access at the school and in homes, and oversaw the early adoption of a flipped classroom approach to drive learning.
He co-led the Naenae and Stokes Valley Kahui Ako – Community of Learning and initiated a Gifted Kids Programme.
He represented Wellington’s schools in low socio-economic areas on the Ministry of Education’s sector advisory group to replace the decile funding system.
Mr Appleyard co-led a research project investigating literacy skills drop-off over holiday breaks.