Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako

We’re working with Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako on a 'curriculum tool' to help their members to collaboratively design a quality, local curriculum for their learners.

The initial concepts came from workshops led by English and Māori medium curriculum experts working with several Communities of Learning. Find out more about the key themes that informed the initial design concepts.

These workshops identified five key areas where Community leaders thought an online tool could support their members to work more collaboratively to enhance learning. These initial concepts show how each part of the tool might work.

This set of Curriculum Planning Tools has been designed to help Kāhui Ako facilitate conversations, capture decisions and share their learning.

There are five tools that work together. They support and enrich one another.

Watch the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Tool introduction video.


Te Whare Wānanga

Nau mai haere mai ki Te Whare Wānanga!

Te Whare Wānanga has been developed as a space where the wānanga process provides a virtual platform for you as a Kāhui Ako to gather and have discussions under the guidance of tikanga Māori.

By entering te whare wānanga you are accepting the wero that is laid before you to seek te ara tika that leads your ākonga to positive and meaningful outcomes that encompass who they are and strengthens their identity, language and culture.

Rapua te ara tika will take you through a series of commonly practiced and known protocols through the process of wānanga where discussion and decisions take place. This tool will encourage you to think deeply about the natural world and the physical, human and future landscapes of your community as the basis for developing curriculum for your tamariki.

The first step is navigating through the three Pou, Pou Tiriao, Pou Whenua and Pou Awatea. These will help shape a clear understanding of the tasks require of you before developing a local curriculum to support your ākonga. You can begin with anyone of the three Pou, however it is expected that you cover all three Pou before moving on to the next stages.

For more guidance regarding Te Whare Wānanga, click here


Coherent Pathways

The Coherent Pathways Tool helps you ensure that your ākonga experience learning continuity as they move from early childhood through to the end of their secondary schooling. This tool helps you to create statements at key transitions and to capture and share the capabilities your community believes are too important to leave to chance.


Rich Learning Opportunities

The Planning Rich Opportunities for Learning Tool helps you to draw on your environment and your community relationships to design meaningful learning opportunities that build the capabilities you’ve agreed to prioritise. Every experience and every interaction your ākonga have with their community helps shape who they become. This tool helps you design opportunities for ākonga to contribute to their communities in ways that build on and strengthen both community and ākonga capabilities.


Relationships for Learning

The Relationships for Learning Tool helps you to strategically identify the community relationships that can support your Kāhui Ako. It is built on the recognition that children are born into a community. When a child learns from and with their community, they come to understand how their community works socially, politically, economically, and culturally. And they also learn how they can contribute to, and help shape their community.


Collaborative Inquiries

The Collaborative Inquiry Tool helps you probe into issues that affect your ability to achieve your vision. It provides a sustainable digital system for establishing focus areas, developing inquiry proposals, monitoring progress, and sharing findings. It helps you to notice and respond to variations in teacher practice and ākonga outcomes, including both the hard spots and the pockets of excellence.


As you can see, the tool is still under development.

We are excited about the possibilities and we welcome your feedback so that we can make it as useful as possible to you.