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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

    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.

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

    This clip explores the benefits (for all) of having a genuine partnership between school, students, and whānau/iwi.

  3. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    This clip, about changes at Taihape Area School, focuses on the importance of engaging Māori students, in order to keep them at school.

  4. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    This clip focuses on the future at Taihape Area School - and the reality of ongoing change, as discussed by the iwi representative on the Board of Trustees, the iwi educational representative, the two Te Kauhua facilitators, two parents, and a senior student.

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