Community of Learning leader

The role of the Community of Learning leader is to:

  • provide leadership in building productive collaboration in the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako
  • facilitate the ongoing development and implementation of the Community of Learning achievement plan
  • support the professional growth of Community of Learning principals and teachers
  • provide leadership in the use of professional expertise across schools to meet the Community of Learning achievement challenges.

As well as modelling highly effective practice in their own school, the Community of Learning leader facilitates collaborative, professional activities across their Community of Learning. They take a lead role in planning, coordinating and facilitating the work of the Community of Learning as a whole, as well as the across schools and within school teacher roles.

In any Community of Learning, only one leadership role is available. Usually one principal is appointed to the leader role, but where one principal cannot be appointed, the Community of Learning can apply for approval from the Secretary for Education to make alternative arrangements.


We provide the employing board with:

  • 0.40 full-time teacher equivalent release time. This will appear on the school’s staffing entitlement notice.
  • Between 90% and 140% of a rate 2 travel grant and a $1000 per year induction and networking allowance are paid as part of the operations grant.

Allowances are made on a pro-rata basis if an appointee is in a role for less than one year. 

Pre-requisites for the role

Applicants for the Community of Learning leader role will have:

  • current employment within the Community of Learning
  • a current practising certificate
  • met professional standards relevant to their current position.

Primary principals must also meet the Experienced Principal criteria of the Primary Principals’ Career Structure.  

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