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Leading change: Te Kopuru School

This is a success story from Te Kopuru School, a small rural school in Northland. The story describes how, under the leadership of the principal, the community responded to a call for change to improve Māori student outcomes, in light of 65% of the student population being Māori.

Through his inspired leadership, the principal introduced a vision that was centred around the Māori principles of tika (what’s right), pono (truth) and aroha (loving openness). He also involved the teachers in leadership roles, and instilled practices like kapa haka, hīmene, mihi and waiata. As a result, whānau involvement is now the norm at the school. What's more, Māori children are achieving as Māori – fulfilling the essence of the Ministry's Māori education strategy, Ka Hikitia, which emphasises the importance of language, culture and identity in having a positive impact on student achievement.

 Assessment data backs up the effectiveness of the changes, since the school has ‘stepped up’ its focus on Māori learners.

Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

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