Kāhui Ako are also known as Communities of Schools or Communities of Learning. A Kāhui Ako is a group of schools approved to receive resourcing under the Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative announced in 2014.
PPTA survey of Communities of Learning/Kāhui Ako
PPTA surveyed members about their experience and opinions of Communities of Learning. The survey report and the report to PPTA Annual Conference are below:
Implementation of Communities of Learning – practitioners’ experiences (Survey report August 2017)
Communities of Learning: The slippage between planning and implementation (2017 Annual conference report)
PPTA thanks the many members who contributed to the survey.
Kāhui Ako Responsibility allowances
From the start of 2024 kāhui ako schools have the option of converting some fixed term WST roles into more flexible allowances for:
i. promoting effective teaching practice within the school, and
ii. strengthening the use of effective approaches to teaching and learning to achieve shared Kāhui Ako objectives
iii. recognising Kahui Ako-related responsibilities undertaken by teachers (other than principals) who are not Kāhui Ako Teachers (within school).
Each Kāhui Ako Teacher (within school) role that is converted will provide:
i. Two Kāhui Ako Responsibility time allowances of 0.04 FTTE; and
ii. Four Kāhui Ako Responsibility salary allowances of $2,000
Requirement to appoint 60% of within school teachers (WSTs) to permanent positions in Kāhui Ako schools
The STCA and ASTCA require schools to make at least 60% of their within school teacher (WST) roles permanent.
In the joint guidelines from NZSTA, the Ministry of Education and PPTA (page 4) the three organisations have made clear that:
“if the school has three or more roles to allocate, each appointment to the role may be either permanent, or for a fixed-term in accordance with clause 3.2.3 of the STCA, provided that fixed-term appointments will never make up more than 40% of a board’s roles. There must be a genuine reason to appoint to a fixed-term.” (see the Guidelines for the appointment of the within school teacher role in Secondary Schools attached to this page)
This requirement is repeated as clause 4.24.5(a) of the STCA and 3.33.11 (b) (i) of the ASTCA.
If you are converting WST roles to Kāhui Ako allowances the requirement that 60% of allocated WST roles must be permeant includes the resourcing from converted roles.
Funding is on-going
Schools are reminded that the funding for Kāhui Ako positions is baseline (on-going) funding. If a school is required to reduce the number of permanent WST roles because of either a reduction in the number of roles they are entitled to, or because of a change in government policy the costs of reducing those roles will be met by the Ministry Education in the same way that the Ministry meets the costs of required staffing reductions.
Being a part of Community of Learning Kāhui Ako consultation
If you've been told your school is going to join a Kāhui Ako then be aware that you have a right to be consulted.
PPTA Te Wehengarua has developed advice in PowerPoint form for branch officers about being part of the Kāhui Ako consultative process (attached to the top of this page as a pdf).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would prefer the PowerPoint version of "Developing a Kāhui Ako: Consultation with teachers."
Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement provisions include:
STCA 2022 -2025 1.8 Definitions: “Kāhui Ako are also known as Communities of Schools and Communities of Learning. A Kāhui Ako is a group of schools approved to receive resourcing under the Investing in Educational Success initiative announced in 2014.)
STCA 2022 - 2025 Part Four : (4.24) Kāhui Ako Responsibility allowances
Useful resources:View condensed page