What's the point of a CoL?
Research shows that education systems that are collaborative and support teachers to share effective teaching practice across and between schools and services improve the quality of teaching and the outcomes for learners. Unplanned or unsupported transitions between services and schools also disrupt learning for some children. The Government sees CoLs as the way to address these issues.
During the Joint initiative, NZEI members looked at a number of successful projects addressing collaboration and transition. Each project was highly responsive to its local context. We do not think the current CoL model is the best or only way for all schools and services to improve outcomes for children and their learning, but we do support greater collaboration between and within schools and services. NZEI members will continue to try and influence the shape of Communities of learning to improve the current model.
Research also indicates that a clear focus on a few explicitly agreed goals leads to more successful outcomes. The Minister therefore require CoLs to agree 3-5 "achievement challenges" - essentially tangible and measurable goals - for students in their community. NZEI members have strongly advocated for challenges that will lead to progress and success for children across the Curriculum and are not restricted to narrow quantitative measures of literacy and numeracy. (See FAQs for more information)
You can read more and watch videos about successful collaborative projects and transition work on "What we found out".