Recruit and Appoint

At this phase of the process the key objective is to appoint key roles within the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako

This will involve developing the recruitment and appointment process, selecting the appointments panel, liaising with the MOE to engage an Independent Advisor from the New Appointments National Panel (for the across school lead and across community teachers), identifying the local criteria, and developing the role descriptions to align with both the national and local criteria. It is important to remember that the employing board of trustees must approve all applications and appointments.

Expected Outcomes: Appointment of Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako roles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Community of Learning Roles

There are three new Community roles

Leadership Role
This role for an initial fixed term of up to two years is established to offer leadership in building productive collaboration, facilitate agreement on and meeting of shared achievement challenges and support the professional growth of leaders and teachers. The employing board will receive additional 0.4 FTTE staffing for the period of the appointment to enable the leadership functions to be fulfilled.

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The new roles and resources that come with being a Community of Learning are intended to improve outcomes for ākonga/students as set out in your achievement plan. Your Community of Learning will make decisions about how and where to prioritise the use of those resources to support your achievement plan. An effective, agreed means of operating and clarifying responsibilities within and across the Community of Learning will help ensure decisions are made in the best interests of ākonga/students. Using this approach will also mean that resources and effort are appropriately focused where they are needed most: on those ākonga/students affected by the agreed achievement challenges and their teachers.

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Once the Minister has approved the establishment of a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako, a leader can be appointed.

Once achievement challenges have been endorsed, other Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako teacher roles can be appointed and resources are released to employing boards once appointments are made. Inquiry time is released to all boards in the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako when a leader is appointed and the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako has had its achievement challenges endorsed.

The selection and appointment of kaiako/teachers and tumuaki/principals to the new roles is one of the most important tasks for Communities of Learning. This process is about identifying the kaiako/teachers and professional leaders with the most appropriate expertise, skills and knowledge to help lift the practice of their colleagues in order to meet the agreed achievement challenges for each Community of Learning. As such, the effectiveness of these appointees will be critical to the success of the Community of Learning in lifting ākonga/student achievement. They will be working to build effective professional relationships that enable collaboration, problem solving and shared commitment. It will be important that the process followed has the support of the Community of Learning, and the families and whānau that make up the schools wider community. Every kura/school and all the tumuaki/principals and kaiako/teachers in the Community will need to support those people appointed to the new roles if they are to be successful.

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The selection and appointment of kaiako/teachers and tumuaki/principals to the new roles is one of the most important tasks for Communities of Learning. The effectiveness of these appointees will be critical to the success of the Community of Learning in lifting ākonga/student achievement and the whole Community of Learning will need to support the selection and appointment outcomes. It is important that a record of the processes used and decisions made are kept to ensure transparency. NZSTA HR advisers are available to provide guidance and support this process.

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What is included in NZSTA Recruitment Kits?

This suite of resources includes guidelines for recruitment process, advertising process, role descriptions, shortlist matrix, and appointment letters.

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What local criteria do we need to include in the appointments process?

As part of the selection process you will determine what criteria you need to add to each role’s requirements to ensure those appointed will have the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to help meet the goals you have set within your achievement challenge plan. This is referred to as the ‘local criteria’.

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Employing boards of trustees

The employing board of trustees remains the employer and therefore has responsibility for appointing each tumuaki/principal or kaiako/teacher that has been selected for the new roles. The employing board of trustees appoints the successful applicants to the Community of Learning leadership role and the Community of Learning teacher (across community) role as advised and affirmed by the selection panel and endorsed by the independent adviser as meeting the national criteria.

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Selection panel members

Members of the selection panel will be agreed by the Community of Learning and will use their knowledge, skills and experience to select the person best suited to the Community of Learning leadership role and the Community of Learning teacher (across community) role. They will reach a decision based on their assessment of the applicants against the local criteria developed by the Community of Learning and the national criteria with the advice of the independent adviser.

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Independent adviser

The independent advisers are a pool of people on the New Appointments National Panel. This panel has been appointed through a process involving the Ministry of Education and its sector partners. The panel members are contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide a service to Community of Learning selection panels and to support appraisal, review and reappointment of people in these roles. They are managed by a panel chair.

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The Community of Learning initiative includes the establishment of three new roles to facilitate the Community working towards its goals. The Investing in Educational Success (IES) Working Group commissioned a Professional Standards Writing Group (the Writing Group); to identify the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to be effective in each of the three new roles proposed within the IES initiative.

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National Criteria for Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Leadership role

The National Criteria for this role are aligned to two domains

  • Professional Knowledge in Practice - Ako
  • Professional Relationships, Values and Engagement - Mahi Tahi

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National Criteria for Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Teacher (across community) role

The National Criteria for this role are aligned to two domains

  • Professional Knowledge in Practice - Ako
  • Professional Relationships, Values and Engagement - Mahi Tahi

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National Criteria for Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Teacher (within school) role

The National Criteria for this role are aligned to two domains

  • Professional Knowledge in Practice - Ako
  • Professional Relationships, Values and Engagement - Mahi Tahi

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Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Leadership role This role is established to offer leadership in building productive collaboration within Communities of Learning. This is a critical role that helps a Community of Learning develop and meet its shared ākonga/student achievement challenges.

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Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Teacher (across community) role

This new role supports kaiako/teachers who have demonstrated highly effective practice available to colleagues across their Community of Learning. Those in the role will focus on improving teaching practices in order to meet the shared achievement challenges. The Community of Learning kaiako/teachers will use their expertise to work with colleagues to identify and address professional practice issues. They will work closely with the Community of Learning leadership role to focus their efforts on meeting the Community of Learning shared achievement challenges.

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Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Teacher (within school) role

This new role will provide a dedicated point of reference for kaiako/teachers as they grapple with problems of practice in order to lift ākonga/student achievement. The role will offer a guide for kaiako/teachers as they develop their own capabilities by making explicit effective approaches to teaching as inquiry. Kaiako/teachers in this new role will demonstrate and discuss how they draw on a range of professional resources to adapt what they do and incorporate innovative strategies in response to ākonga/student needs and strengths. They will work directly with other kaiako/ teachers including those who come from other kura/schools in their Community of Learning to help identify and respond to challenges in practice and support Community of Learning objectives

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NZSTA employment advisers are available to support you.

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