Analyse and decide

At this phase of the process the key objective is to decide on your achievement challenges and develop a strategic plan. Developing the achievement challenges plan enables you to clarify exactly what it is that you are wanting to achieve and how you are going to achieve this.

Identifying achievement challenges will involve gathering, collating and analysing student achievement data to identify the trends and the target students. Once your achievement challenges have been developed the next step will be to understand why the challenge has arisen. For example is it about student wellbeing or the curriculum they experience. Once you understand this you can develop a strategic plan to mobilise key actions and resources. Again, it is important that time is spent developing this, as this is your action plan to guide the implementation of the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako programme. Remember to focus on things that the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako can achieve through collaboration. The indicator of success will be to achieve more effective results as a Community, than what each school could achieve on its own. It is important that boards are well informed during this process as each board will be asked to approve any resource allocation.

Expected Outcomes: Achievement challenges and achievement challenges plan are developed for the MoU

Frequently Asked Questions

The achievement challenge plan will outline how your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako intends to mobilise key actions and resources to support the achievement of your key goals. It will also indicate how you intend to review, monitor and evaluate progress.

Once you have agreed which achievement challenges to focus on, you will need to determine a plan to guide how you will organise the Community’s resources to meet the objectives and goals of your achievement challenges.

This plan needs to cover:

  • what you will do
  • how resources will be assigned
  • how progress will be measured
  • when progress will be measured.

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Possible considerations:

  • Input into the development of the goal/s to support ownership of board members, kaiako/teachers and parents, and students.
  • Whether the goal/s is relevant to and easily understood by parents.
  • Do students (especially senior students) understand the purpose and nature of the goal/s?
  • Can the goal/s be monitored, measured and evaluated?

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Once your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako has approval the MOE will also provide Public Achievement Information PAI analysis and ERO will provide a report across the schools. At this stage it is important for your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako to allocate time for the leadership group to discuss and scrutinise the student achievement information.

Communities of Learning identify achievement challenges that are a priority for their community. Achievement challenges should be common to all or most of the schools within a community, but may be apparent in different ways in different schools, along the learning pathway. Most Communities of Learning identify 3–5 challenges to address. The following questions may be helpful starters.

  • What is our vision of success for our students?
  • What are the common challenges across our Community of Learning?
  • What do we know about possible reasons for these challenges and how do we know?
  • What support will be needed and what resources are available to help?

Understanding links and reasons for the challenges will help define your achievement challenges and set out your goals and objectives towards addressing them.

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When a Community of Learning begins to address their first challenge, they will also be learning how to work together. This will include finding deliberate ways of building collaboration as well as developing systems and processes to make it all work. The new Community of Learning should consider which challenges would be helpful in building confidence and support, while creating effective working practices together as a Community of Learning.

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The achievement challenge plan will outline how your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako intends to mobilise key actions and resources to support the achievement of your key goals. It will also indicate how you intend to review, monitor and evaluate progress.

Once you have agreed on the achievement challenges to focus on, you will need to determine a plan to guide how you will organise the Community’s resources to meet the objectives and goals of your achievement challenges.

This plan needs to cover:

  • what you will do
  • how resources will be assigned
  • how progress will be measured
  • when progress will be measured.

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The working group has identified a basket of evidence which Communities of Learning can draw on to identify their objectives and assess their progress. Schools collect a considerable amount of evidence about students’ progress and achievement in relation to the national curriculum. It is expected that a Community of Learning would use some of this existing evidence as part of its inquiry to determine the impact of its actions and to measure progress towards shared objectives.

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The MOE will support schools with external support. This could be from a Lead Advisor, Expert Partner and or Student Achievement Function (SAF). Role of Expert Partners

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