Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako present an opportunity for schools and other education providers to work together. Services that schools, kura, early learning services and tertiary providers currently acquire individually may be bundled across a Community of Learning.
Bundling services can create efficiencies in time and money that can be redirected towards teaching and learning. Aligning property management plans and sharing project management resources for example, could provide efficiencies. In some cases, the quality of services delivered to members of a Community of Learning could also improve, bringing increased value for money.
A range of Ministry programmes and All-of-Government contracts currently offer access or reduced rates for products and services in these categories:
Under All-of-Government (AoG) contracts, common products and services are supplied to government agencies, local authorities and state funded schools at fixed rates. Schools and Communities of Learning pay the same price for the contracted products and services as a large government agency.
AoG contracts are centrally negotiated and managed by New Zealand Government Procurement, a team within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
More than 600 schools have one or more AoG contracts, with savings estimated to be greater than $6 million. Savings will vary (depending on your existing purchasing arrangements and what you purchase) but participating schools are saving an average of 15 percent by joining a contract.
How to sign up
- Register your Community of Learning or school (external link) . Note: registration does not commit you to joining a contract, but acknowledges that you will receive commercially sensitive information and will treat it as such.
- You will be issued with a login to inSource, a secure library with information about each contract. Here you can review details and pricing, and find out how to sign up.
- Review the contract’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to understand what you need to know about purchasing via the contract.
- Confirm your acceptance of the MOU by signing a Letter of Accession. This commits you to the terms and conditions of a particular contract. A completed Letter of Accession is required for each contract.
- Many contracts offer a panel of suppliers. Some contracts require you to choose a single supplier but in others you can purchase from more than one supplier on the panel.
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