a thriving Community of Learning

Supporting stewardship and governance

Supporting stewardship and governance is an important aspect of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

There are a number of ways of strengthening stewardship and governance across your boards that enable your Kāhui Ako to maximise children and young people’s achievement across the learning pathway.

Some Kāhui Ako have moved from working as individual entities to taking a stewardship approach, developing structures that best suit their context. This approach could for example, involve setting up a stewardship group with representation corresponding to the needs of the Kāhui Ako, its parents and wider community.

Both the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) and the Ministry can provide advice on supporting stewardship and governance.

Boards of Trustees can voluntarily combine if they believe this is a way to strengthen governance. When two or more boards combine, they still retain their identity but a combined board can choose to have multiple principals or a single principal.

Boards of Trustees are at the heart of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako and fulfil critical roles by:
• agreeing to be involved in a Community of Learning
• employing the new teaching and leadership roles
• undertaking appraisals of those appointed to the new roles
• representing the views of parents, families, whānau and iwi across the Community of Learning

Stewardship groups provide leadership for Kāhui Ako to focus firmly on their achievement challenges.

How this tool could be used

Kāhui Ako can create stewardship groups now, without any formal changes or actions required.

Boards of Trustees can standardise processes for appraising the new teaching and leadership roles across the Kāhui Ako.

Boards of Trustees could use the employment resources available from NZSTA and implement these across their Community of Learning.

The Ministry of Education works with ‘fundholder schools’ to manage and distribute funding for specific initiatives and services: e.g. Alternative Education, Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour, etc. Your Kāhui Ako could consider doing something similar. 

Related tools

Resources available to support Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako stewardship and governance include:

Action planning ideas

• Identify stewardship structures and representatives to be involved

• Identify key roles that every board has to undertake in a Kāhui Ako and see if there are ways that these can be shared or centralised to minimise workload and share good practice. This could include:

    • sharing stewardship sharing resources (both human and physical)
sharing of services (school accounts, HR functions and so on). 

    • Explore ways that boards could share funding and target raising achievement for children and young people across your Community of Learning. 

Where to find out more

You can contact:

Link with the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Development Map

This tool will help your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako progress with Domain 6 of the Development Map: Building a thriving Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.