Professional learning and development

Centrally funded professional learning and development (PLD) can be applied for by Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako in any school term. Individual schools and kura may also apply for centrally funded PLD in any school term.

Once PLD has been allocated, communities can work with a facilitator to plan how to tailor the PLD to a particular need.

Tailored PLD could include:

  • aligning a PLD proposal to an achievement challenge you are tackling
  • designing PLD around a robust inquiry about what needs to change across your community, to meet your goals and targets
  • using the expertise within your community (and identifying any external support  or expertise you need) to build capability.

Access PLD

Visit the PLD website for more information and to apply for PLD(external link) 


In 2017, changes to PLD funding saw a focus on building greater equity and excellence in the national priority areas below: 

  • maths
  • science
  • reading, writing and digital fluency. 

PLD is not only provided for courses in these priority areas. Schools and Communities of Learning may need PLD to build evaluative capability or work more effectively with parents, families or whānau to improve student outcomes in priority areas, for example.  

Last reviewed: Has this been useful? Give us your feedback