Reference and Working Groups

The way teachers receive professional learning and development (PLD) is changing. 

The new system has been designed with advice and input from the sector.

PLD Advisory Group

This Group was set up by the Government in 2013 to advise on the design of future PLD nationwide. Its report is available here.

PLD Implementation Reference Group

The PLD Implementation Reference Group is an advisory group established to facilitate successful implementation of changes to PLD. It is composed of peak body, sector, Ministry and Education Council representatives.

This group will continue to work with the Ministry on the implementation of changes through 2017.

Working Groups

Four working groups were set up to focus on specific aspects of PLD. The working groups were composed of representatives from the Sector and the Ministry of Education and have reported to the PLD Implementation Reference Group.

Working Group 1 – Networks of Expertise

This working group focussed primarily on how to strengthen networks of expertise  e.g. professional groups and subject associations as a complementary  source of professional learning and development support across the system.

Working Group 2 – Selection Process (Accreditation and quality assurance)

This group focussed primarily on ways to recognise and accredit the expertise (knowledge, skills and understandings) initially of external professional learning and development providers, particularly those funded from central sources. 

Working Group 3 – Access – National priorities (right priorities, right place, right time)

This working group focussed on how to best provide access to expertise to support:

  • High quality evaluative inquiry processes in CoL
  • How to ensure that the right provision is in the right place at the right time as schools/CoL identify their needs to deliver sustainable gains in student achievement in the National Priorities.

Working Group 4 – Communications and Change

This group focussed on and timely communication with stakeholders in the wider Māori and English Medium sector. 

Organisations Represented on the Reference and Working Groups


Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa


Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori




Inclusive Education Representative

Te Akatea



NZ Catholic Education Office Ltd

Education Council

New Zealand Area Schools Association

Pasifika Representative