WELLINGTON, Nov 23 - Education Minister Hekia Parata says it will be established by the Education Council and the government is contributing $250,000 to the start-up cost.

Parata says research has shown that quality leadership is one of the most important influences on student learning.

The centre will initially focus on the principals chosen to lead the communities of learning initiative designed to enhance teaching in all schools.

The centre will also strengthen links between early learning centres, school and education researchers in tertiary institutions.