Achievement challenges

Achievement challenges are shared goals that are identified and developed by a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako based on the needs of its learners.

Kāhui Ako should set between 3-5 achievement challenges. These should be related to, or derived from, the National Curricula and can include preconditions necessary for achievement such as wellbeing/hauora and student engagement. Achievement challenges should be focused on the things that the Kāhui Ako consider will make the most significant difference to all the children and young people and help them to achieve the outcomes in the New Zealand Curriculum (external link) and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (external link) .

Endorsement of achievement challenges

Once the achievement challenges have been identified and a high level plan for addressing them has been developed, the boards of trustees of each of the schools need to agree to them and sign a memo of understanding. Staff members, parents, family and whānau should all be involved in the achievement challenge process.

Achievement challenges need to show:

  1. The evidence for why each challenge has been chosen: ie. The inquiry process that led to identifying the learning need, and how this relates to the outcomes sought in the NZ Curriculum/Te Marautanga.
  2. The story about what will happen  to make progress against each challenge.
  3. How it will be known that progress is being made against each challenge.

Guide for Schools and Kura [PDF, 777 KB] (external link) / He Aratohu mā ngā Kura [PDF, 512 KB] (external link) and Tips and Starters: Working Together [PDF, 279 KB] (external link) provide guidance for Kāhui Ako who are identifying achievement challenges.

Completed achievement challenges will then need to be submitted to the Secretary for Education for endorsement. Endorsement enables a Community of Learning to access the full range of resources available to them to support the important job of tackling the challenges.

Refreshing achievement challenges

Achievement challenges and their action plan are a living document and should evolve and grow with the Community of Learning.

We expect Kāhui Ako to formally refresh their achievement challenges and high level plan when their original plan ‘expires,' or if the Community of Learning decides to make significant changes to their achievement challenges and high level plan (for example changing a focus area). A formal review or refresh is an opportunity to reflect on progress so far, evaluate the evidence in light of the work a Kāhui Ako has been doing and refine the approach as required

If one or more achievement challenges are changed we recommend that a summary of the actions you took to address each challenge, the progress you made, and the rationale for why you have decided to change focus will be included. Ideally this would again include a consultation process so that the voices of key people can be considered as part of the process.

When achievement challenges are refreshed a copy needs to be sent to the local Ministry Advisor and we will replace the original with the changed version.

All Kāhui Ako can now remove National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori from their achievement challenges if they want to do so in a formal refresh.

Examples of endorsed achievement challenges 

Examples of achievement challenges are available for download below. The most recently endorsed achievement challenges are at the top of the list. 

Te Tai Raki Whangarei [PDF, 15 MB] 29/08/2018
Te Kaahui Ako o te Puuaha o Waikato [PDF, 1.1 MB] 2/08/2018
South East Christian [PDF, 2.2 MB] 2/08/2018
Eastern Southland [PDF, 2.1 MB] 6/07/2018
Te Kaahui Ako o Mangakootukutuku [PDF, 1.2 MB] 20/06/2018
South Wairarapa [PDF, 943 KB] 20/06/2018
Huntly District [PDF, 1.5 MB] 20/06/2018
Eastern Wellington [PDF, 447 KB] 20/06/2018
Pūtaringamotu [PDF, 445 KB] 20/06/2018
Te Kāhui Ako o Tiriwā [PDF, 1.5 MB] 29/05/2018
Ngā Whānau O Karaiti [PDF, 1.3 MB] 29/05/2018
Lower North Island Christian Schools [PDF, 1.1 MB] 29/05/2018
Ka Awa Whiria [PDF, 515 KB] 30/04/2018
Ngā Mātāpuna o Ngā Pakihi [PDF, 696 KB] 27/04/2018
Tōtaranui [PDF, 1 MB] 13/04/2018
Te Puna Mātauranga [PDF, 353 KB] 13/04/2018
Ruahine [PDF, 932 KB] 13/04/2018
Te Angiangi [PDF, 912 KB] 13/04/2018
Whirinaki [PDF, 1.1 MB] 23/03/2018
Te Pae Here [PDF, 965 KB] 12/03/2018
Pomahaka [PDF, 681 KB] 12/03/2018
Hamilton Central [PDF, 893 KB] 16/02/2018
Ohinemuri [PDF, 986 KB] 16/02/2018
Mangere [PDF, 601 KB] 11/01/2018
South Taranaki - Patea [PDF, 313 KB] 11/01/2018
South Taranaki - Hawera [PDF, 284 KB] 11/01/2018
Taita/Stokes Valley [PDF, 608 KB] 11/01/2018
Naenae [PDF, 648 KB] 11/01/2018
FINSCol [PDF, 1 MB] 14/12/2017
Dunstan [PDF, 333 KB] 14/12/2017
Hillcrest [PDF, 1.6 MB] 14/12/2017
Taitoko [PDF, 307 KB] 14/12/2017
Waihi [PDF, 1.4 MB] 14/12/2017
Waikato Catholic [PDF, 2 MB] 14/12/2017
Central Taranaki [PDF, 623 KB] 14/12/2017
Tawa [PDF, 340 KB] 14/12/2017
Motueka [PDF, 1.3 MB] 14/12/2017
Whitestone [PDF, 903 KB] 14/12/2017
Farm Cove/Pakuranga [PDF, 720 KB] 14/12/2017
Waitematā [PDF, 2.2 MB] 14/12/2017
Alfriston [PDF, 1.3 MB] 14/12/2017
Pupuke [PDF, 1.1 MB] 14/12/2017
Kerekere [PDF, 869 KB] [PDF, 1.1 MB] 14/12/2017
Aupaki [PDF, 561 KB] 14/12/2017
Big River [PDF, 893 KB] 7/12/2017
Dunedin Catholic Schools [PDF, 1.8 MB] 7/12/2017
Golden Bay | Mohua [PDF, 945 KB] 7/12/2017
Hokianga [PDF, 547 KB] 7/12/2017
Mata Nui o Kahungunu [PDF, 1.2 MB] 7/12/2017
Mt Albert [PDF, 524 KB] 7/12/2017
Ngā Hau e Whā [PDF, 1.7 MB] 7/12/2017
Reporoa [PDF, 454 KB] 7/12/2017
Taha Hinengaro [PDF, 1.3 MB] 7/12/2017
Taha Tinana [PDF, 1.6 MB] 7/12/2017
Taha Whanau [PDF, 1.6 MB] 7/12/2017
Te Iti Kahurangi [PDF, 1.6 MB] 7/12/2017
Tipu Maia [PDF, 862 KB] 7/12/2017
Howick [PDF, 1.7 MB] 30/9/2017
Christian Education Network [PDF, 1.5 MB] 25/9/2017
Ōtākaro [PDF, 1001 KB] 25/9/2017
Tararua [PDF, 1.2 MB] 25/9/2017
Te Maru o Ngongotaha (Rotorua) [PDF, 1 MB] 25/9/2017
Twin Coast [PDF, 740 KB] 25/9/2017
Ahuriri [PDF, 577 KB] 9/9/2017
Mahurangi [PDF, 1007 KB] 9/9/2017
South Canterbury Catholic [PDF, 421 KB] 9/9/2017
Te Mana Raupō [PDF, 1.4 MB] 9/9/2017
Te Waka o Māramatanga [PDF, 2.1 MB] 9/9/2017
Whakatipu Akoranga [PDF, 1 MB] 9/9/2017
Oneroa [PDF, 937 KB] 3/9/2017
Tamai [PDF, 978 KB] 14/8/2017
Thames Kauaeranga [PDF, 1.2 MB] 14/8/2017
Kāhui Ako o te Kōhanga Moa (Inglewood) [PDF, 1.8 MB] 8/8/2017
Malvern [PDF, 845 KB] 8/8/2017
Mt Maunganui [PDF, 881 KB] 8/8/2017
South Rangitikei [PDF, 372 KB] 8/8/2017
Glendowie [PDF, 714 KB] 7/8/2017
North Porirua [PDF, 713 KB] 1/8/2017
Whangaparaoa Peninsula [PDF, 1.2 MB] 1/8/2017
Waimea [PDF, 1.4 MB] 17/7/2017
Te Puke [PDF, 927 KB] 17/7/2017
Whiria Te Tangata [PDF, 1.7 MB] 4/7/2017
Tokomairiro [PDF, 456 KB] 7/6/2017
Wakatipu [PDF, 517 KB] 7/6/2017
Te Kāhui Ako o Kaipara [PDF, 646 KB] 24/5/2017
Ōtāhuhu [PDF, 597 KB] 21/5/2017
Invercargill [PDF, 310 KB] 21/5/2017
Waiheke [PDF, 4.3 MB] 11/4/2017
Whānau ki te Ako: Albany / Greenhithe [PDF, 1.2 MB] 21/3/2017
Kaipātiki [PDF, 868 KB] 7/3/2017
Rangitaiki / Kawerau [PDF, 1.2 MB] 6/3/2017
Matamata [PDF, 1.6 MB] 14/2/2017
Orewa [PDF, 1 MB] 14/2/2017
Waimariri-iri [PDF, 617 KB] 1/2/2017
South Auckland Catholic Schools [PDF, 751 KB] 25/1/2017
Kōtuitui [PDF, 1.8 MB] 8/12/2016
Te Roopu Pourewa [PDF, 1.2 MB] 8/12/2016
Northcote [PDF, 932 KB] 8/12/2016
Christchurch Catholic [PDF, 935 KB] 8/12/2016
Far North [PDF, 1.6 MB] 8/12/2016
Te Arahura [PDF, 1.7 MB] 8/12/2016
North Shore Catholic [PDF, 1.3 MB] 8/12/2016

Manaiakalani [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Ōtūmoetai [PDF, 924 KB] 29/11/2016
West Papatoetoe [PDF, 1 MB] 29/11/2016
Steiner Waldorf [PDF, 1.2 MB] 26/11/2016 
Maungakiekie [PDF, 760 KB] 14/11/2016 
Palmerston North East [PDF, 1.1 MB] 14/11/2016 
Porirua East [PDF, 984 KB] 14/11/2016 
Puketeraki [PDF, 3.9 MB] 14/11/2016 
Hakatere [PDF, 1.1 MB] 2/11/2016
Opuke [PDF, 792 KB] 2/11/2016 
Pukekohe [PDF, 1.6 MB] 26/10/2016
Henderson [PDF, 1.8 MB] 26/10/2016
Waiuku [PDF, 1.8 MB] 12/10/2016
He Waka Eke Noa (NW Hamilton) [PDF, 2.1 MB] 15/09/2016
Te Kāhui Ako o Omaio ki Tahunanui [PDF, 1.2 MB] 15/09/2016
Buller [PDF, 947 KB] 15/09/2016
Dannevirke [PDF, 683 KB] 15/09/2016
Auckland Central Catholic [PDF, 6.2 MB] 15/09/2016
Top of the South Island (Area Schools) [PDF, 994 KB] 15/09/2016
Devonport [PDF, 4.1 MB] 13/09/2016
Tauranga Peninsula [PDF, 426 KB] 6/09/2016
Te Puna o Kemureti [PDF, 1.7 MB] 9/8/2016
Rotorua East [PDF, 635 KB] 10/7/2016
Opotiki [PDF, 1.1 MB] 30/6/2016
Kaikoura [PDF, 565 KB] 20/6/2016
Mt Roskill (Puketāpapa) [PDF, 771 KB] 30/5/2016
Matariki (Napier) [PDF, 480 KB] 12/5/2016
Te Whānau Mātauranga o Kerehana [PDF, 985 KB] 12/5/2016
Waitakere (Version 2) [PDF, 1.9 MB] 14/4/2016
Napier City [PDF, 1.1 MB] 24/2/2016
Hauraki [PDF, 639 KB] 24/2/2016
Rotorua Central [PDF, 387 KB] 24/2/2016
Southern Area Schools [PDF, 861 KB] 24/2/2016
Taupō [PDF, 3.4 MB] 24/2/2016
Waimate [PDF, 1.9 MB] 24/2/2016
Whakatane [PDF, 530 KB] 24/2/2016
Auckland Central [PDF, 1.2 MB] 18/11/2015
Lower Mataura Valley [PDF, 546 KB] 18/11/2015
Lynfield [PDF, 965 KB] 18/11/2015
Te Wheke Akoranga Marlborough Sounds [PDF, 466 KB] (Picton) 18/11/2015
Māwhera [PDF, 826 KB] (Greymouth) 18/11/2015
Nelson City (Updated Targets) [PDF, 196 KB]
Nelson City [PDF, 5 MB]
Te Atatu [PDF, 5 MB] 18/11/2015
Westland [PDF, 868 KB] 18/11/2015
Rotorua Catholic Faith Based (Version 2) [PDF, 1.8 MB] 2/10/2015
Mid Bays [PDF, 343 KB] (Auckland) 5/8/2015
Piritahi (2BCoS) [PDF, 1.1 MB] 28/7/2015

Identifying achievement challenges

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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