Ngā hononga kura-whānau e puta ai ngā ihu o ngā ākonga Māori

Connections between the principles and Ka Hikitia

Ka Hikitia is informed by evidence on how to improve system performance for Māori. It identifies five levers that this evidence shows will be most effective in bringing about change and harnessing the potential of Māori learners. One of them is “increasing whānau and iwi authority and involvement in education”.

Increasing whānau and iwi authority and involvement in education is critical to improving presence, engagement, and achievement. Parents and whānau play a critical role in supporting their children’s learning right from the start. Evidence shows that learning outcomes are enhanced when parental involvement in school is sustained and focused on learning activities. To achieve this, parents and whānau must be actively involved in decision-making and their children’s learning in all education settings.

Whānau can also enhance children’s engagement and achievement by encouraging regular attendance in early childhood education and school, and providing positive interactions and quality experiences and activities within and beyond the home. Evidence from current initiatives in schools shows that learning is more effective when whānau are valued partners in the education process and when educators and whānau are open to learning from and with one another.

Collaboration with iwi and Māori is essential to improving the education outcomes for Māori students. Partnerships enable whānau, iwi and Māori organisations to develop and implement local initiatives that facilitate the involvement of parents and whānau in their children’s education. They can also support community demand for improved outcomes.

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