Explore and decide

Tūhurahura ka whakatau

The key objective at this phase is agreement from boards of trustees and principals whether to form or participate in a Community of Learning. Identify:

  • why you would come together to form a community?
  • what are the benefits?
  • what can you achieve as a community that you couldn’t achieve as individual schools?

This will involve a range of conversations and discussions to explore possibilities, partnerships and build relationships with and across schools and their boards of trustees. The chair of each board of trustees must indicate the board's interest in forming a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako on the Expression of Interest (EOI).

Expected Outcome: EOI will be submitted to the Ministry of Education (MoE)

Frequently asked questions

What is a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako and what are the benefits of joining?

What is a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako? Communities of Learning are groups of kura/schools that come together, along with their communities, to raise achievement for all tamariki and young people by sharing expertise in teaching and learning (ako), and supporting each other. They focus on the compulsory educational pathway, but can also engage with early childhood and post secondary education to fully include the learning (ako) journey children and young people will take.

A Community of Learning will work with the students, parents, families, whānau, iwi and other communities within its catchment, as the support and involvement of these groups is essential for the Community of Learning to progress towards its goals.

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What is a typical pathway to becoming a Community of Learning? Key information for boards

Between 2015 and 2018, the Government invested $359 million dollars into this initiative, with a further $155 million a year after that. Almost half the investment is spent on giving teachers and principals more time to work together on professional matters. Within a Community, funding will be used to help the sharing of expertise.

Find out more: The Pathway Communities of Learning

How do we form a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako?

For early childhood education services me ngā kōhanga reo (early learning services), schools I kura, or post-secondary providers wanting to join or form a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako, the key consideration is the learner pathway. In other words there needs to be a clear pathway within your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako for students to transition from early childhood through to primary, intermediate and secondary school.

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Individual schools I kura make the decision to form or participate in a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. It is up to each school I kura to decide that joining a Community of Learning is right for them. If you know other schools you would like to form a Community with, you can contact them directly. If not, individual schools I kura can contact their local Ministry office for help with suggestions for a potential Community of Learning they might like to join. While any type of school, educational institution, group or organisation may participate in a Community of Learning, only state and state-integrated schools are eligible to receive the associated resources and allowances.

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What are the lifecycles within a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako?

Just like any other organisation, a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako will have a natural life cycle.

There are two cycles in a Community of Learning working together to support the Community operating effectively and successfully: firstly that of the new roles within the Community (explained in the 'appraisal' section); and secondly that of the Community of Learning working towards its goals. This second cycle involves the usage of an inquiry cycle to implement, monitor, share, review and refine the plan your Community has developed.

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How do we register our interest?

To register your interest in forming a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako complete the Expression of Interest form and email this to IES.team@education.govt.nz

Where do we go for further assistance?

Contact your local Director of Education to discuss what's involved. You can also ring 0800 IES INFO (0800 437 4636) or email IES.team@education.govt.nz

What other resources are available?

Collaboration to improve learner outcomes is designed to support Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako by bringing together research findings about effective collaboration in education communities. It is supported by the publication Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako: working towards collaborative practice

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Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako: Working towards collaborative practice is designed to support CoL | Kāhui Ako as they work toward effective collaborative practice. It is framed around key questions in each of the seven effective practice areas and is able to be used both as evidence based progressions and as a useful internal evaluation tool.

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Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako in action is the first of a series of iterative reports which draw together what ERO knows about CoL | Kāhui Ako, as they move from establishment to implementation.

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