The concept of “Networks of Expertise” is part of the broader redesign of Professional Learning and Development (PLD), which has been carried out by the New Zealand Ministry of Education in conjunction with sector representative groups, and the Education Council.
Specifically, the PLD Advisory Group Report (2014) outlined the value in identifying and resourcing established organisations and networks to strengthen their leadership and practices. Thus Networks of Expertise will seek to grow and develop existing and new curriculum, teaching and learning networks. The support will meet the specific needs of teachers.
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.