Achievement challenges

Achievement challenges are shared goals that are identified and developed by a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako based on the needs of its learners.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Principals and Tumuaki 
  • Boards
  • Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako
  • Teachers and Kaiako

This guidance supports Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to identify and develop achievement challenges or refresh their existing achievement challenges.

About achievement challenges

Kāhui Ako should set between 3-5 achievement challenges. These should be related to, or derived from, the National Curricula and can include preconditions necessary for achievement such as wellbeing/hauora and student engagement.

Achievement challenges should be focused on the things that the Kāhui Ako consider will make the most significant difference to all the children and young people and help them to achieve the outcomes in the New Zealand Curriculum(external link) and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa(external link).

Identifying achievement challenges

Communities of Learning identify achievement challenges that are a priority for their community. Achievement challenges should be common to all or most of the schools within a community, but may be apparent in different ways in different schools, along the learning pathway.

The following questions may be helpful starters.

  • What is our vision of success for our students?
  • What are the common challenges across our Community of Learning?
  • What do we know about possible reasons for these challenges and how do we know?
  • What support will be needed and what resources are available to help?

Understanding links and reasons for the challenges will help define your achievement challenges and set out your goals and objectives towards addressing them.

Endorsement of achievement challenges

Once the achievement challenges have been identified and a high level plan for addressing them has been developed, the boards of each of the schools need to agree to them and sign a memo of understanding. Staff members, parents, family and whānau should all be involved in the achievement challenge process.

Achievement challenges need to show:

  1. The evidence for why each challenge has been chosen: That is, the inquiry process that led to identifying the learning need, and how this relates to the outcomes sought in the NZ Curriculum/Te Marautanga.
  2. The story about what will happen to make progress against each challenge. That is, your high level plan of the actions you will undertake to make progress against each challenge.
  3. How it will be known that progress is being made against each challenge. That is, the data you have collected, or intend to collect, to establish the current state; the assessment tools you will use to measure progress.

The below documents provide guidance for Kāhui Ako that are identifying achievement challenges.

Completed achievement challenges then need to be submitted to your Director of Education for endorsement. Endorsement enables a Community of Learning to access the full range of resources available to them to support the important job of tackling the challenges.

Refreshing achievement challenges

Achievement challenges and their action plan are a living document and should evolve and grow with the Community of Learning.

We expect Kāhui Ako to formally refresh their achievement challenges and high level plan when their original plan ‘expires,' or if the Community of Learning decides to make significant changes to their achievement challenges and high level plan (for example changing a focus area). A formal review or refresh is an opportunity to reflect on progress so far, evaluate the evidence in light of the work a Kāhui Ako has been doing and refine the approach as required.

If one or more achievement challenges are changed we recommend that a summary of the actions you took to address each challenge, the progress you made, and the rationale for why you have decided to change focus will be included. Ideally this would again include a consultation process so that the voices of key people can be considered as part of the process.

We have developed guidance to help you when you begin reviewing and refreshing your achievement challenges. You may also consider using the development maps to help assess the progress you have made as a Kāhui Ako.

When achievement challenges are refreshed, a copy needs to be sent to your local Ministry Advisor for review and approval by the Director of Education. Once approved, we will replace the original achievement challenge with the refreshed version.

All Kāhui Ako are able remove National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori from their achievement challenges if they want to do so in a formal refresh.

Endorsed achievement challenges examples

Achievement challenges are available for download below.

Tai Tokerau


Name Endorsed
Te Ara Bucklands Beach Kāhui Ako [PDF, 1.6 MB] 04/03/2022
Kāhui Ako ki Papakura [PDF, 4.5 MB] 18/12/2020
Rosehill Pathways Kāhui Ako [PDF, 2.5 MB]  5/11/2020
Papatoetoe Kāhui Ako [PDF, 837 KB]  20/10/2020
Te Korowai Kakahu o Manurewa [PDF, 1.5 MB] 11/6/2020
Te Ara Whetū Kāhui Ako [PDF, 2.6 MB] 29/10/2019
Pakuranga West Kāhui Ako [PDF, 922 KB] 25/7/2019
Te Puke ō Taramainuku Kāhui Ako [PDF, 2.5 MB] 25/7/2019
Ōtara ō te Rererangi Kāhui Ako [PDF, 11 MB] 5/7/2019
Ki Atua hei te Kororia Kāhui Ako [PDF, 1.6 MB] 12/12/2018
Te Kaahui Ako O Manurewa [PDF, 12 MB] 14/11/2018
Waipaparoa Community of Learning [PDF, 874 KB] 14/11/2018
Te Kaahui Ako o te Puuaha o Waikato [PDF, 1.1 MB] 2/08/2018
South East Christian Kāhui Ako [PDF, 2.2 MB] 2/08/2018
Te Kāhui Ako o Tiriwā [PDF, 1.5 MB] 29/05/2018
Mangere Kāhui Ako [PDF, 601 KB] 11/01/2018
Te ara Mana-ā-Kura Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 711 KB] 14/12/2017
Te Kāhui Ako o Waitematā [PDF, 2.2 MB] 14/12/2017
Alfriston Kāhui Ako [PDF, 1.3 MB] 14/12/2017
Pupuke (Westlake) Community of Learning [PDF, 1.1 MB] 14/12/2017
Mt Albert Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 4.2 MB] 7/12/2017
Te Iti Kahurangi Community of learning [PDF, 1.6 MB] 7/12/2017
Howick Kāhui Ako [PDF, 1.7 MB] 30/9/2017
Mahurangi Community of Learning [PDF, 1007 KB] 9/9/2017
Whakatipu Akoranga Kāhui Ako [PDF, 1 MB] 9/9/2017
Oneroa Community of Learning [PDF, 937 KB] 3/9/2017
Glendowie Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 3.1 MB] 7/8/2017
Whangaparaoa Peninsula Kāhui Ako [PDF, 1.2 MB] 1/8/2017
Whiria Te Tangata Kāhui Ako (version 2) [PDF, 942 KB] 4/7/2017
Te Kāhui Ako o Kaipara [PDF, 646 KB] 24/5/2017
Ōtāhuhu Community of Learning [PDF, 597 KB] 21/5/2017
Waiheke Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 1.1 MB] 11/4/2017
Whānau ki te Ako: Albany / Greenhithe [PDF, 1.2 MB] 21/3/2017
Kaipātiki Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 8.1 MB] 7/3/2017
Orewa Community of Learning [PDF, 1 MB] 14/2/2017
South Auckland Catholic Community of Learning [PDF, 751 KB] 25/1/2017
Kōtuitui Kāhui Ako (version 2) [PDF, 18 MB] 8/12/2016
Te Roopu Pourewa Community of Learning (Version 2) [PDF, 4.4 MB] 8/12/2016
Northcote Community of Learning (Version 2) [PDF, 1.1 MB] 8/12/2016
North Shore Catholic Schools Kāhui Ako (version 2) [PDF, 1.4 MB] 8/12/2016

Manaiakalani Community of Learning [PDF, 1.3 MB]

West Papatoetoe Community of Learning [PDF, 1 MB] 29/11/2016
Maungakiekie Community of Learning [PDF, 760 KB] 14/11/2016 
Pukekohe Community of Learning [PDF, 1.6 MB] 26/10/2016
Henderson Community of Learning (Version 2) [PDF, 841 KB] 26/10/2016
Waiuku Community of Learning (Version 2) [PDF, 2.5 MB] 12/10/2016
Auckland Central Catholic Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 1.8 MB] 15/09/2016
Devonport-Takapuna Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 3 MB] 13/09/2016
Puketāpapa Community of Learning [PDF, 771 KB] 30/5/2016
Te Whānau Mātauranga o Kerehana Community of Learning [PDF, 985 KB] 12/5/2016
Te Kāhui Ako o Waitakere Community of Learners (Version 2) [PDF, 1.9 MB] 14/4/2016
Auckland Central Community of Schools (Version 2) [PDF, 2.1 MB] 18/11/2015
Lynfield Kāhui Ako [PDF, 965 KB] 18/11/2015
Te Atatu Community of Learning (Version 2) [PDF, 536 KB] 18/11/2015
Mid Bays Community of Schools (Version 2) (Auckland) [PDF, 1.2 MB] 5/8/2015


Bay of Plenty, Waiariki

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu

Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti


Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast

Canterbury and Chatham Islands

Name Endorsed
Te Taura Here o Ōtautahi Kāhui Ako [PDF, 7.7 MB] 25/11/2019
Uru Mānuka [PDF, 1.7 MB] 29/08/2019
Te Kāhui Ako ō Te Manahuna [PDF, 14 MB] 12/08/2019
Ngā Peka o Tauwharekākaho (Rolleston) Kāhui Ako [PDF, 3.1 MB] 19/03/2019
North Timaru Community of Learning [PDF, 1.5 MB] 6/11/2018
South Timaru Community of Learning [PDF, 1.6 MB] 6/11/2018
Katote (Christchurch) Community of Learning [PDF, 808 KB] 11/10/2018
Ngā Mātāpuna o te Waihora Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 2 MB] 11/10/2018
Pūtaringamotu Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 979 KB] 20/06/2018
Ka Awa Whiria [PDF, 515 KB] 30/04/2018
Ngā Mātāpuna o Ngā Pakihi Community of Learning [PDF, 696 KB] 27/04/2018
Tōtaranui Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 2.4 MB] 13/04/2018
Aupaki Kāhui Ako [PDF, 561 KB]
Tipu Maia Community of Learning [PDF, 862 KB] 7/12/2017
Christian Education Network Community of Learning (Version 2) [PDF, 2.3 MB] 25/9/2017
Ōtākaro Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 937 KB] 25/9/2017
South Canterbury Catholic Community of Learning [PDF, 421 KB] 9/9/2017
Te Mana Raupō Community of Learning [PDF, 1.4 MB] 9/9/2017
Tamai Community of Learning [PDF, 978 KB] 14/8/2017
Malvern Community of Learning [PDF, 845 KB] 8/8/2017
Waimariri-iri Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 1.9 MB] 1/2/2017
Christchurch Catholic (Te Mara Akoranga Katorika) Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 3.1 MB] 8/12/2016
Steiner Waldorf Community of Learning [PDF, 1.2 MB] 26/11/2016 
Puketeraki Community of Learning (Version 2) [PDF, 2.4 MB] 14/11/2016 
Hakatere Kāhui Ako (Version 2) [PDF, 4.2 MB] 2/11/2016
Opuke Community of Learning [PDF, 792 KB] 2/11/2016 
Waimate Community of Learning [PDF, 1.9 MB] 24/2/2016

Otago, Southland

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