Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako are a part of Government’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative to help raise the learning and achievement of all children and young people, particularly students at most risk of underachieving.

A Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is a group of education and training providers (early learning, schools, kura, and post-secondary), representing the learning pathway of most children and young people, who work together to help students achieve their full potential.

Each Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako sets shared goals, or achievement challenges based on the particular needs of its children and young people. Once these have been endorsed by the Minister of Education, the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako works with students, their boards, parents, whānau, iwi and communities to achieve those challenges.

Board of trustees are integral to the success of the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. The board of each school;

  • needs to agree to their school involvement in a particular Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako
  • influences and monitors the strategic development and progress of the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako, ensuring that it aligns with the vision and future focussed development of their school
  • ensures ongoing consultation and communication with their school community about the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako
  • approves the applications and appointments of staff from their school for leadership roles within the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.