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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: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    Just as teacher-student partnerships need to be culturally responsive and mutually respectful, so do the partnerships between school, whānau and iwi.

  2. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    In this clip we see the benefits of teachers, students and whānau coming together to set goals – and to celebrate success in learning.

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

    This clip shows what Taihape Area School has done to create links between the school and its community, to establish a partnership, thereby giving effect to the requirements in TheNew Zealand Curriculum to accommodate local needs and consult with the community.

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

    In this clip we hear a range of perspectives on what is needed to sustain the changes made at Taihape Area School. Participants discuss the importance of putting students first, and engaging with the community.

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

    This clip looks at changes that Taihape Area School made to its timetable, option lines, and the structure of lessons – in order to better engage Māori students.

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

    In this clip, we see different stakeholders discussing the benefits of change at Taihape Area School.

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

    The eleven clips featuring Taihape Area School show the positive impact of change (led by the principal) on the school.

  8. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    In this clip, the principal shares his thinking about how a school can undertake a programme of change that stems from curriculum and pedagogy, and what the leader’s role is, especially in terms of promoting a school-whānau partnership.

  9. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Ako | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    The stakeholders in this clip are the principal, three teachers and two senior students. They compare the more traditional approach to teaching and learning with the new approach at Taihape Area School.

  10. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    In this clip, we see an example of iwi and whānau being involved at Taihape Area School, with obvious benefits in terms of Māori students being engaged in their learning, and achieving.

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