Guidance for boards

Joining, developing and leading a Kāhui Ako

NZSTA resources

The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) provides information and support to boards of trustees about Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, from their formation through to becoming fully functioning. They can also provide advice about forming a stewardship group for a Community of Learning.

Recruitment kits

NZSTA provides Community of Learning recruitment kits that include:

  • guidelines for recruiting
  • role descriptions
  • shortlist matrix
  • appointment letters.

Read the NZSTA Communities of Learning recruitment kits (external link)

Employment advisors

NZSTA also have employment advisors available throughout New Zealand to assist board members with employment and other advice. 

Find an employment adviser near you (external link)  or visit the NZSTA website (external link) .

Appointing the Community of Learning roles 

One board is responsible for employing each Community of Learning leader, across schools or within school teacher.

The employing board of trustees:

  • agrees to and endorses its staff applying for a Community of Learning-specific role, therefore accepting and providing support for the staff member to effectively carry out the functions of the role
  • appoints the successful applicants to the roles as advised and affirmed by the selection panel and endorsed by the independent adviser
  • has sole responsibility for selecting and appointing the within school teacher.

All Communities of Learning must use a representative from the New Appointments National Panel to support the Community of Learning leader and across schools teacher appointments. The panel member confirms that the successful candidates meet the national prerequisites and criteria for the roles. 

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