How can I access centrally-funded PLD?

Some key points to remember are:

  • Centrally-funded PLD is focussed on building greater equity and excellence in a small number of national priority areas

  • Accredited facilitators deliver centrally-funded PLD 

  • Schools, kura and Kāhui Ako choose their own facilitators

  • Centrally-funded PLD is allocated regionally with strong sector involvement. 

You can also download the PLD Journal template here.  

The Step-by-Step Application Process

Initial steps

Centrally-funded PLD is focussed on building greater equity and excellence in a small number of national priority areas and is allocated regionally. You are able to apply for PLD every term. You can check for PLD Proposal submission deadlines in your area here.

  • You should familiarise yourself with the priority areas, and how these might relate to the achievement challenges in your school.
  • From 2015 for the next 3 to 5 years centrally-funded PLD will be focused on a small number of national priorities – pāngarau, pūtaiao, te reo matatini (pānui, tuhituhi, kōrero), maths, science, reading and writing, and digital fluency.
  • This does not mean PLD is only available for priority subjects. The PLD process is centred on the inquiry model. If you are unfamiliar with this particular tool, you can find more information here.

Starting the Process

There are two ways to start the PLD process

  1. Your local education advisor may contact you to advise you that you are eligible for PLD support
  2. You may apply yourself, having identified an achievement challenge that matches the criteria

Making a proposal – what do I include?

To complete a PLD proposal there are a number of questions your proposal should answer. These are:  

  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • How did you reach this conclusion?
  • How does this relate to the overall goals or strategic direction of the school, kura or Kāhui Ako?
  • Details of the proposal?
  • Who else will be leading the PLD?
  • What other internal expertise do you have to support the PLD?
  • What external expertise do you need?
  • What other PLD will you be undertaking during this period?

 Proposals can be Co-Constructed

It is important that any centrally-funded PLD you receive will meet the needs of your school, kura or Kāhui Ako.

A local Ministry advisor, specialist in Māori medium, or other support person (as appropriate) will support you to co-construct a PLD proposal that will be assessed by a regional Allocation Panel with sector representatives. Contact your local Area Office if you are unsure who your contact point is.

There is a proposal template that can guide schools, kura and Kāhui Ako available here. 


Allocation Panel

Allocation Panels are composed of sector representatives and Ministry representatives from your region. They are be responsible for reviewing PLD proposals and allocating centrally-funded PLD.

Allocation panels meet every term, more details on your local panel are available here.

Allocation panels assess proposals against a number of criteria. You can see an example of these criteria here.


Choosing your PLD Facilitator

If your PLD application is successful, you are able to choose your own facilitator.

You can find a list of all facilitators available to deliver centrally-funded PLD here. You will be able to view a short CV and contact referees who have used their services before.

Once you have chosen your facilitator you will work with them to develop a plan.

Charting progress and recording feedback is an important part of the process.

At the end of your PLD, there will be a final report and a review of your outcomes. This will help to quality assure the PLD you receive.


Please bear in mind the following when putting your PLD proposal together:

  • Only one Journal Proposal is needed to cover all the PLD needs for a particular school, kura or Kāhui Ako, even if you hope to cover a number of different PLD areas.
  • The journal needs to be sent in to your area allocation panel in its original format, not as a PDF
    • You can find your panel here.
  • As you move through the PLD process, more features will become available in the journal.
  • If you have been allocated hours, you can choose a facilitator here.