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Phase 3: Planning

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Work at the planning stage will involve detailed preparation in a number of areas. It will be important that excellent communication channels are well established and regularly used in this process to ensure all stakeholders are kept informed of progress, and involved in the planning process itself.

It will also be important to identify and involve a range of people who have knowledge and abilities in specialist areas – e.g. budgeting, technology, professional learning, programme planning, timetables etc. As much as possible, provision should be made for consultation and involvement of people from each of the participating institutions through the planning process.

Throughout this phase it will be important to regularly reference the established vision and values of the LCO to avoid succumbing to the temptation of focusing too narrowly on short-term issues, and lose sight of the longer term ideal.

Parents/whanau and students should continue to be consulted in this phase.

All planning should be documented and available to the community electronically.


  • Regular, effective communications.
  • ddressing learner needs.
  • Timetabling, scheduling and other logistics.
  • Staff appointments, job descriptions.
  • Initial professional development.
  • Technical requirements.
  • Learning and teaching resources.
  • Budget formation.




A 12-month action plan for the LCO, linked to the strategic plans of participating schools is agreed to and ratified. Staffing and other resourcing allocated. Technical, management and student support systems in place for LCO to begin operating.