Years in Education
Years as a Principal
Years as a Consultant
Years an All Black Fan
Graeme McFadyen is a very capable, reflective and effective facilitator who has exceptional interpersonal skills which encourage participation and a positive atmosphere for the change team and whole staff to ensure collaborative ownership with the action plan and its implementation and a focus on the expected outcomes. Graeme's skills and personality lead to the most effective outcomes for our children in their learning and achievement.
Graeme has proven to be a very effective educational consultant developing high quality learning outcomes for his Principals and local teachers. All staffs have benefited enormously from Graeme’s leadership coaching and mentoring and more particularly from his professional development facilitation with the school teams. Graeme's track record, both in New Zealand and internationally, is testament to his success and speaks strongly to a life of service for others at the highest of standards.
Graeme has been an absolute delight to work with. He is always well prepared, positive and flexible. He has an understanding of what the High School is trying to achieve and has been a critical friend in terms of our planning. He has suggested initiatives for us to follow, based on his long experience as a Principal in a similar school and we have been more than happy to follow his advice. Most particularly Graeme has managed our Change Team, and transformed a group of diverse stakeholders into a cohesive and forward-looking planning group.
Graeme is a master of facilitation and his clever use of resources and inquiry approach helped the Change Team to gain momentum on the target of raising Maori Achievement in a school that had previously worked on a top down model that allowed little staff engagement, consultation and ownership. The result of Graeme's work in Otaki College has been that we are now seeing accelerated achievement which is being built into the 'way we do things', so that it not only is successful but sustainable.
Graeme has always displayed the skills of a highly effective facilitator and as a result he has helped develop a number of effective changes at Wainuiomata High School. These changes have ultimately led to improved student achievement. He is very inclusive and has the ability to make everyone and their ideas feel important and relevant. He creates a safe and secure environment where people are willing and encouraged to share and develop their ideas. Graeme's genuine interest in the staff he works alongside at Wainuiomata High School and the students whose achievement he is responsible for improving is genuine. He has an incredible amount of warmth and sincerity.