Expert partners

Expert partners are academics and teaching practitioners who work with Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to develop robust, high quality achievement challenges.

Expert partners also help build collaborative practices and support Communities of Learning as they take action to meet their achievement challenges. 

Through rigorous data analysis, expert partners can help identify the causes of an achievement challenge. They can also provide advice and guidance about change, learning and development opportunities to support personalised learning pathways and accelerate student achievement. 

Expert partners act as ‘critical friends’ to help Communities of Learning:

  • strengthen their evidence gathering practices
  • accurately define relevant achievement challenges  
  • plan and monitor activity that addresses the achievement challenges
  • share effective practice.

How it works

We fund an expert partner to support a Community of Learning for up to 10 days every 6 months, for up to 2 years. Some travel costs are also available. One expert partner may work with up to 4 Communities of Learning at one time.

A Community of Learning can engage any of the expert partners on the nationwide list, provided they are available. The expert partner and the Community of Learning leader agree on a work programme together.

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