Once your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako has approval, from the Minister of Education, you will need to decide how you will work together as a community. The key objectives at this phase are to develop a shared vision, protocols and ways of working. It is important that time is spent developing these, as this will help clarify what you are wanting to achieve and guide the establishment of community processes, systems and effective relationships. The Ministry of Education acknowledge the importance of spending time at this stage and support this with a payment of $1000 to each school within the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Each board then receives $1,000 annually to help with costs relating to maintaining their Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. The MOE will also provide Public Achievement Information (PAI) analysis and ERO will provide a report across the schools.
This phase involves clarifying your purpose and vision, identifying key groups and support networks, developing a communication process for consulting with and informing stakeholders. The formation of a stewardship group (including board of trustee members), a steering group and other delegations are needed to undertake these initial tasks.
Expected Outcomes: The vision, operational structure and data protocols of the MoU will come from this phase.