A Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is a group of education and training providers that form around children and young people's learning pathways, and work together to help them achieve their full potential. Schools, kura, early learning services me ngā kōhanga reo and post-secondary providers can be included.

Communities of Learning are a part of Government’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative.

Achievement challenges

Each Community of Learning identifies shared goals, or achievement challenges, based on the particular needs of its learners. Once these have been endorsed, the Community of Learning works with learners, their parents, whānau, iwi and communities to tackle those challenges.

Read more about identifying achievement challenges and view endorsed challenges.


By collaborating and sharing expertise, children's and young people's learning pathways are supported and their transition through the education system is improved. Communities of Learning also provide more opportunities for parents, families and whānau and communities to be involved with their children’s and young people's learning. 

Schools and kura within a Community of Learning are resourced to allow time for teachers to work together on meeting the achievement challenges, drawing on each other’s skills, knowledge and experience. Communities of Learning also open up new career opportunities for principals and teachers.

Joining a Community of Learning

Schools, kura, early learning services and tertiary education providers can all choose to join an existing Community of Learning. A board of trustees chooses whether their school or kura will join a Community of Learning. 

The school, kura, early learning service or tertiary education providers can contact their local Ministry office to talk to a Kāhui Ako lead advisor or download and complete an expression of interest form [DOCX, 272 KB] and email it to ies.team@education.govt.nz.


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