Leadership and governance

Boards of trustees

Boards of trustees are at the heart of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Their responsibilities include employing the 3 Community of Learning teaching and leadership roles, and representing the views of parents, families, whānau and iwi. 

Boards of trustees can combine voluntarily if they believe this is a way to strengthen governance. When two or more boards combine, they keep their own identity but can choose to employ several principals or a single principal. 


Some Communities of Learning have chosen to move from working as individual entities to taking a stewardship approach, developing structures that best suit their context. This approach could involve setting up a stewardship group with representatives that match the needs of the Community of Learning as well as its parents and the wider community.

Read more about the role of a board of trustees and how to access support to form a stewardship group.

Community of Learning roles

Communities of Learning appoint 3 specific teaching and leadership roles:

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