Date
14 October 2019

Discuss students’ presence, participation, learning, and achievement

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Partnering with parents and whānau to support students’ learning and wellbeing’

Seek and value family knowledge

Seek and value family knowledge

Talk with parents and caregivers to build a learner profile that is underpinned by their knowledge. Find out what approaches and strategies have worked well for their children in their previous school.

Be mindful of student safety

Be mindful of student safety

As schools engage in genuine dialogue with parents and whānau, the child's safety, ongoing learning, and well-being must be of paramount consideration.

As an example, schools must always consider what might happen to a child as a consequence of information they have shared with parents and whānau concerning a child's achievement or  behaviour at school.

Approaches to support home-school contact

Approaches to support home-school contact

Establish regular, two-way contact between home and school, focused on sharing students’ successes.

  • improve the timeliness and regularity of feedback and information, especially in relation to children’s presence, participation, learning, and achievement
  • provide regular opportunities for participation and involvement 
  • provide information about how to become involved in the school
  • ensure that families and whānau feel they are heard, fully involved, and not rushed in meetings and interviews, or blamed for things that have happened
  • report on children’s progress in language and formats that can be easily understood by the student and their family 
  • be open and listening to parents’ views
  • find ways for parents and whānau to lead activities and events, especially for other parents and their children.

Source: Partners in Learning: Schools’ engagement with parents, families and communities in New Zealand (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Connecting with families – Invercargill Middle School

Publisher: Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Matauranga

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Engaging parents, whānau, and community

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Day-to-day collaboration

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Partner with whānau ”:

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