Building a thriving Community of Learning

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako develop and change as they move through the following stages:

  • establishing: pre-approval, achievement challenges, recruitment and planning
  • developing: shifting from cooperation to collaboration
  • embedding: collaboration leads to collective impact
  • fully functioning: collaboration is systemic, sustainable, self improving and connected beyond.

Breaking down barriers

Teachers from different schools in a Community of Learning talk about their experience of working together.

Sharing best practice

Sharing resources and facilities

Communities of Learning can use their collective resources to save money and time, and create efficiencies. The savings can be reinvested into teaching and learning, however the Community of Learning may choose.

Some ideas for sharing resources and facilities are listed below.


  • Staffing entitlements could be shared to reduce the cost of employing extra staff (schools will need to fill in a staffing transfer form). 

  • Be flexible in how you allocate the Community of Learning teacher roles. For example, merge several within school teacher roles to create an extra across schools teacher role.
  • Consider sharing a specialist teacher to improve educational outcomes in a particular area.


Consider ways to bundle administration and operational activities across your Community of Learning, for example:

  • Leveraging the group’s collective buying power to reduce costs for goods and services.
  • Avoid duplication of effort by sharing expertise and resources across your group.
  • Check out the Bundled Services Toolkit to find out how your Community of Learning can save time, money and avoid duplication of effort across administration and operational tasks.

Property and shared facilities

  • Start a conversation about sharing existing specialist facilities, such as laboratories, gymnasiums and swimming pools. 
(Sharing technology facilities requires a Memorandum of Agreement between schools and the Ministry of Education.)
  • Discuss what your Community of Learning could achieve with its combined property funding eg, 5 Year Agreement (5YA) funding and resources.
  • Members of our Education Infrastructure Services property team could be assigned to work with your whole Community of Learning to develop coordinated property plans and provide support with infrastructure.

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