Community of Learning leader

The role of the Community of Learning leader is to:

  • provide leadership in building productive collaboration in the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako
  • facilitate the ongoing development and implementation of the Community of Learning achievement plan
  • support the professional growth of Community of Learning principals and teachers
  • provide leadership in the use of professional expertise across schools to meet the Community of Learning achievement challenges.

As well as modelling highly effective practice in their own school, the Community of Learning leader facilitates collaborative, professional activities across their Community of Learning. They take a lead role in planning, coordinating and facilitating the work of the Community of Learning as a whole, as well as the across schools and within school teacher roles.

In any Community of Learning, only one leadership role is available. Usually one principal is appointed to the leader role, but where one principal cannot be appointed, the Community of Learning can apply for approval from the Secretary for Education to make alternative arrangements.


We provide the employing board with:

  • 0.40 full-time teacher equivalent release time. This will appear on the school’s staffing entitlement notice.
  • Between 90% and 140% of a rate 2 travel grant and a $1000 per year induction and networking allowance are paid as part of the operations grant.

Allowances are made on a pro-rata basis if an appointee is in a role for less than one year. 

Pre-requisites for the role

Applicants for the Community of Learning leader role will have:

  • current employment within the Community of Learning
  • a current practising certificate
  • met professional standards relevant to their current position.

Primary principals must also meet the Experienced Principal criteria of the Primary Principals’ Career Structure.  

Alternative leadership arrangements

Alternative Leadership Arrangements for Kāhui Ako require approval by the Secretary for Education.

If, after exploring options, your Kāhui Ako decides that it wants to apply for an alternative leadership arrangement please advise:

  • that in the first instance there has been an employment process where all principals in the Kāhui Ako had the chance to apply for the leadership role.
  • why a leader was not recruited
  • what is the proposed alternative arrangement and how the alternative arrangement could work for your Kāhui Ako
  • the alternative arrangement has broad support from the members of your Kāhui Ako
  • that your Kāhui Ako has been working with an independent advisor from the New Appointments National Panel (NANP)
  • any other information that you believe is relevant to the application.

When you have compiled the information for your request you should send it to your Director of Education. Once received the Director will check and ensure that all the necessary information is included before it is forwarded to the Secretary for Education for consideration.

If all information is present we undertake to process your application within a fortnight from the date the request is received.

If you have any questions about this process please get in touch with your regional office contact.

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