Schedule 5 Communities of learning for State schools

ss 116, 127(2)(d)

1 Community of learning approved by Minister

(1)

The Minister may approve a community of learning for the purpose of the community entering into an agreement under clause 2.

(2)

A community of learning must consist of a group of 2 or more State schools but may also include 1 or more of the following:

(a)

licensed early childhood services:

(b)

certified playgroups:

(c)

tertiary education organisations.

(3)

The Minister may approve a community of learning only if the Minister is satisfied that—

(a)

the purpose of the group is to come together for the purpose of raising achievement of children and young people; and

(b)

the membership of the group that is to form the community is appropriate, having regard to that purpose.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 71C

2 Secretary may enter into agreement with community of learning

(1)

The Secretary and the members of a community of learning approved by the Minister may enter into a community of learning agreement.

(2)

The matters that a community of learning agreement may provide for include (without limitation) 1 or more of the following:

(a)

the activities that the community of learning is to undertake:

(b)

the commitments of individual members of the group in carrying out the activities:

(c)

any resources that may be provided to carry out the activities:

(d)

any data collection requirements related to the activities:

(e)

the format and content of the plans and annual reports required under clauses 3 and 4.

(3)

Each member is jointly and severally liable for the obligations and responsibilities of the community of learning set out in the agreement.

(4)

A member that proposes to withdraw from a community of learning agreement must give the Secretary notice in writing of the withdrawal.

(5)

The Secretary must, by notice in the Gazette, list the members of each community of learning that have entered into a community of learning agreement with the Secretary and update the list to record any changes to membership of the community.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 72

3 Community of learning that has agreement with Secretary must also prepare plan

(1)

A community of learning that has a community of learning agreement with the Secretary must—

(a)

prepare and maintain a plan to cover a period agreed to by the Secretary; and

(b)

provide the Secretary with a copy of the plan.

(2)

The plan must have particular regard to any statement of national education and learning priorities issued under section 5.

(3)

A community of learning that changes a plan provided to the Secretary must provide the Secretary with a copy of the changed plan as soon as practicable.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 73

4 Report to Secretary by community of learning

A community of learning that has a community of learning agreement with the Secretary must report annually to the Secretary regarding—

(a)

its performance and progress in relation to the activities it has agreed to undertake; and

(b)

the use of any resources provided to or by the community of learning in accordance with the agreement to carry out the activities.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 74

5 Performance review of community of learning

The Chief Review Officer may review the performance of a community of learning.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 75