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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 | Identity Language and Culture | Ako

    Living Heritage is an online bilingual initiative that enables New Zealand schools to develop and publish an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community.

  2. Filed under: productive partnerships | research & evaluation | effective leaders

    In this case study, Newlands College deputy principal John Murdoch reflects on his school’s experience in setting up a whānau advisory group. The group began in response to data showing the college’s year 9 Māori students were struggling.

  3. Filed under: productive partnerships | research & evaluation | effective leaders

    This case study explores how Te Kopuru School’s principal Lee Anderson has spent the past 8 years changing the culture of her small Northland school to improve the education, social, and cultural outcomes of the school’s Māori learners.

  4. Filed under: productive partnerships | research & evaluation | effective leaders

    This case study (available in te reo Māori and English) looks at how two early childhood education services in the Waikato region are supporting vulnerable whānau to develop their knowledge and skills and get hooked into the education system early.

  5. Filed under: effective leaders

    Schools in the Taupō area have worked in partnership with Ngāti Tūwharetoa to ensure students learn about their iwi, its history, places, and stories. 

  6. Filed under: productive partnerships

    This is the third report from the National Standards School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation Project 2010-2013, a three year project on National Standards implementation in a representative sample of schools.

  7. Filed under: productive partnerships | effective leaders

    This report by Colmar Brunton describes the main findings from research that provides valuable, in-depth insights about the information and communication needs of parents, families and whānau when they are:

    • choosing a school for their child
    • seeking information about their child’s school so that they can assess and compare their child’s learning progress and achievement with other students at the same level, and know how to ask appropriate questions
    • determining their individual child’s learning, progress, achievement, next learning steps, and wellbeing.
  8. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    The Ako Panuku website offers resources and links to assist schools to effectively support whānau and students to understand NCEA.

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

    In this sabbatical report Rex Allott, Principal Omanu School, investigates programmes and practices that enhance the relationship between families, communities, and schools - in particular those that improve the achievement of Māori children and their whānau.

  10. Ruia case studies 06/07/2012

    Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    As part of the development process for the Ruia websites, whānau members, teachers, and leaders at several schools were interviewed about the partnerships that have supported their Māori students to be successful. The case studies below arose from these interviews.

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