Networks of Expertise is part of the broader redesign of Professional Learning and Development (PLD), which has been carried out in conjunction with sector representative groups, and the Education Council.
The PLD Advisory Group Report (2014) outlined the value in identifying and resourcing established organisations and networks to strengthen their leadership and practices.
In time, Networks of Expertise could strategically resource local, regional and national networks of curriculum, teaching and assessment support. Educators across the entire pathway will have greater opportunities for just-in-time, peer to peer support which is crucial to successful outcomes for Kāhui Ako, schools and kura.
The Teachers’ Refresher Course Committee (TRCC) has conducted a needs analysis on behalf of the Ministry of Education to determine how networks can gain support from this. Further design of the Networks of Expertise programme is taking place over the next two months.
In carrying out their needs analysis the TRCC has consulted with groups across both the English and Māori medium sectors, including subject associations (primary and secondary), practising teachers, ECE representatives and leadership groups.
You can download and read the report here.