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Productive partnerships

“Increasing whānau and iwi authority and involvement in education is critical to improving presence, engagement, and achievement. To achieve this, parents and whānau must be actively involved in decision-making and their children’s learning in all education settings.”

Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008-2012, page 28.

Productive partnerships incorporate Māori students, whānau, and educators sharing knowledge and expertise with each other to produce better outcomes for Māori learners. This principle includes taking a ‘personalised learning’ approach that puts every learner and their achievement at the heart of education and recognises that one size fits one.

The resources you will find on this page reflect these principles of productive partnership and provide examples of this from schools across New Zealand.

  1. Filed under: Effective leaders

    Better relationships for better learning provides guidelines for boards of trustees and schools on engaging with Māori parents, whānau, and communities.

  2. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    Karen Johansen, Gisborne Girls High School principal (1996-2008) talks about her challenge to answer the needs of the community.

  3. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    The purpose of this project was to deepen the Ministry’s understanding of the characteristics of successful whānau and iwi engagement in the development of marautanga-ā-kura.

  4. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    These stories discuss how Ngati Porou East Coast schools have worked collectively through the E Tipu e Rea Education Partnership, to develop their school curricula.

  5. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    In this story Noema Williams, Principal, discusses building on a whānau/marae model in the kura.

  6. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders

    This Māori-medium resource provides a model of the key leadership roles and practices that supports high-quality educational outcomes for Māori learners. It is also available in English.

  7. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    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.

  8. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Te Reo Maori | Effective leaders

    This story from Rotorua Boys’ High emphasises the inseparable nature of reo and tikanga (language and culture), an integral part of the school’s programme.

  9. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Research & evaluation | Effective leaders

    The extent to which schools engage with everyone in their community, not just those already involved and engaged, is the focus of this study by the Education Review Office (ERO).

  10. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Research & evaluation | Effective leaders

    This report complements another report entitled Partners in Learning: schools’ engagement with parents, whānau and communities.

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