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 sets shared goals, or achievement challenges, based on the particular needs of its learners. Once these have been endorsed by the Minister of Education, the Community of Learning works with learners, their parents, whānau, iwi and communities to achieve 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.

Forming a Community of Learning

Schools, kura, early learning services and post-secondary providers can all choose to form or join a Community of Learning. A board of trustees chooses whether their school or kura will join a Community of Learning. 


  1. A group of education providers express interest in forming a Community of Learning.
  2. The Minister of Education gives approval for the Community of Learning to form and a Formation and Maintenance Allowance ($1000) is paid to each school. This continues annually.
  3. The Community of Learning:
    • decides how they will work together
    • creates an achievement challenge plan
    • signs a memorandum of agreement
    • appoints the Community of Learning roles. (A Community of Learning leader may be appointed at any time after the Community of Learning is formed.)
  1. The schools and kura in the Community of Learning receive resource allocations and begin working together as a community.

Expression of interest

Download and complete the expression of interest form [DOCX, 269 KB] and email to IES.team@education.govt.nz.


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