Recent changes in the education sector have led to the establishment of Communities of Learning, where schools, early childhood and other educational institutes work together to improve educational outcomes for children within a community of learners.
The Whakatane Community of Learners or Kahui Ako’ consists of the following schools; Apanui, Allandale, James Street, Nukuhou North, Ohope Beach, Paroa, St Joseph’s Whakatane, Trident, Whakatane High and Whakatane Intermediate; and also involves numerous early childhood centres.
The Whakatane Kahui Ako works with all member schools and organisations to ‘Enrich partnerships, grow capability and strengthen engagement for equitable outcomes and success for our community’.
In order that the Kahui Ako works from an evidence base, schools and organisations are sharing information, this includes attendance, student achievement and learning needs information. Information shared is non-identifiable data and is used help determine patterns and trends across the community of learning in order to inform needs, supports, funding and possible professional development for schools.