Because social justice matters


Our Mission is simple: 

We bring people together to create social change. 

Our mission always begins with the ‘why?’ This is our reason for being, or core purpose. It is why Makana Leadership exists in the first place: Social justice matters.

The old way of continuing to run schools in isolation, in order to comply with regulators, or to hit quotas and benchmarks, no longer applies. It is outdated and fanciful. We need to look at what we do, and why we do it, through a different lens. We need to grasp the nettle and redefine leadership. We need to recalibrate.

Of course, we all want to raise standards, but this is not why we joined the profession. Nobody became a teacher because they love marking or hitting performance management targets. We did so, because we understand the need for social justice. We want our children and young people to be happy, and to flourish and thrive, both at school and in society. Above all, we want achievement for all.


The success of the Makana Mission hinges on three key principles:

  1. That the change is sustainable, deep-rooted, and impacts on pupil outcomes

  2. That the change is purposeful, pivotal and adds value 

  3. That the change is wholesome and nourishes the community, to ensure that people continue to thrive

In many ways, these become our scorecard. Every time we work with an organisation, we must evaluate how effective our support has been against these three principles. Unless the changes that we make are sustainable, purposeful and wholesome, and that they improve outcomes, add value, and ensure people thrive, then we will not have achieved our objective. Why? Because social justice matters.


Our vision is:

To change the way we think about leadership to ensure social justice and achievement for all. 

To achieve this, we need Makana Leadership to remain a values-led organisation that sticks to its mission, and avoid getting distracted by focusing on the wrong things. For us, it's about helping organisations deepen their understanding of system leadership and reform, inequality, organisational culture, strategy, team development, poverty, professional learning, and most importantly, community engagement. This is our moral imperative. Why? Because social justice matters.

Our ideal state is that every school leader in the country is empowered to be able to create a state of change that has both a direct and real impact on society, as well as making a difference to what goes on inside the classroom. It’s not an either/or model. It’s both/and. We want this ideal state of social justice to become the new normal.

To do this though, we need to redefine schooling in its current form, including accountability measures and the role of the regulator. This may well be outside of our control, but as a company, there's nothing to stop us from chipping away from within. For years, we have been chasing the wrong ace. We need to begin it now. 


To help us stay true to our mission and vision, we have a set of values that guide and help us make the right decisions, particularly in challenging circumstances. If our mission and vision tell us why and where we want to get to, our values tell us how to get there.

At Makana Leadership, we have three core values:

LOYALTY by sticking together and sharing success

INTEGRITY by doing what you believe in (the right thing)

DETERMINATION by having an indomitable will and always following through on what you believe in, no matter what

These values should stand the test of time. We should not have to justify them to anyone, as we believe that they are at the heart of what we are trying to achieve.


Beliefs are simply a perception of reality, or how we chose to see the world. We can all change our beliefs, if we so wish. They are intended to empower us as opposed to limiting what we believe is possible. If we do not believe that what we want to change is possible, then we are more likely to fail.

At Makana Leadership, we believe that:

  1. Every child will succeed, regardless of circumstances, context or background. No excuses, no exceptions; children first.

  2. Every school will succeed in unlocking social capital and removing barriers. Leaders hold the key and need to bring people together. 

  3. Every person will succeed in becoming the best they can be, because a success culture is deeply embedded throughout the organisation.


Why? Because social justice matters.