February 02, 2017
New map for school pathways
Education Minister Hekia Parata says almost 60 percent of schools and kura are now part of communities of learning or kahui ako, which aim to bring together schools in a pathway from early childhood to the end of secondary.
She says they will get extra teaching and classroom resources to deal with any shared challenges that are identified.
There are usually about eight to 10 schools in a community, which differ from the clusters of primary and secondary schools that are being set up to deal with common problems.
"This is called a community because it is vertical, it goes from nought years old to 18 more or less. It is about the whole pathway our tamariki follow from when they first engage with it early, learning all the way through so the defining characteristic of a community of learning is it has to be one where the same kids are progressing through it," Ms Parata says.
Kahui ako are being studied internationally as a way to manage education systems.
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