Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the 'Frequently Asked Questions' about PLD.

For a more detailed overview of the new system, please see Key Changes for Schools, Kura and Kāhui Ako, or Information for Providers and Facilitators

Will centrally funded PLD be available to every school, kura and Col?

Centrally funded PLD is a limited resource. The focus for centrally-funded PLD is on equity and excellence for priority students. It is focussed on a small number of national priority outcomes for students and contribute to students becoming confident, connected, actively involved life-long learners.

Will centrally funded PLD be available to every Kāhui Ako?

There is no guarantee that a Kāhui Ako will get centrally funded PLD simply because it is a Kāhui Ako. 

Do I have to be in a Kāhui Ako to get centrally-funded PLD?

No, but as the number of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako grows we will increasingly use them as the delivery mechanism for centrally funded PLD services. This will benefit all schools or kura in the Kāhui Ako. 

What are the national priority areas for centrally funded PLD?

They are areas where we are seeking to lift student outcomes. Government has agreed that the priorities, from 2015 for the next 3-5 years are, pāngarau, pūtaiao, te reo matatini (pānui, tuhituhi, kōrero), maths, science, reading and writing, and digital fluency.

Will funds only be available for maths, science and other priorities?

No, this does not mean that that support will only be available in pāngarau, pūtaiao, science, maths, or the other National Priorities. Centrally-funded professional learning and development will offer leaders and teachers the opportunity to analyse the results they are seeing, define the issues, and work on changes and improvements that will lift outcomes in these focus areas. Schools, kura or Kāhui Ako may decide that PLD in culturally responsive practices, evaluative capability, or ways of involving with parents, families and whānau more effectively will improve outcomes.

Will my programme be affected by these changes?

To see how PLD programmes might be affected by these changes, please see 'PLD Programmes'.

How are the number of hours of PLD allocated to schools, kura and Kāhui Ako?

The number of hours each school, kura or Kāhui Ako receives is determined by the regional panels. The panels take a number of factors into consideration when allocating PLD hours:

  • That the amount of hours / resource requested makes sense for the school/kura based on its size and type
  • The possible need for more hours for kura to further build knowledge of te reo to support teaching and learning
  • The extent of the change and improvement required and the time it takes to make this everyday practice. In most cases it takes at least 12-18 months to begin to embed significant change and may require on-going contact for another 12-18 months.

How do I decide the number of hours of PLD my school, kura or Kāhui Ako require?

These estimations are indicative only to give you an idea about the number of facilitator hours that might be needed over one year. They are based on teacher FTE and 40 weeks per year. Your application should also indicate the additional hours for change and improvement work without the facilitator being present (eg staff, syndicate or department meetings). 

Number of Teachers

Number of Hours with facilitators

1 to 5

50 – 80

6 to 20

70 – 120


100 – 200  

Kāhui Ako /cluster

150 to 500