Date
20 November 2019

Create a welcoming environment where parents and whānau can openly discuss concerns

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Establishing reciprocal relationships with parents and whānau to support learning’

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Demonstrate manaakitanga (care)

Demonstrate manaakitanga (care)

  • Make time to build positive relationships with your students, their whanau, and communities of support.
  • Ask parents about their aspirations for thier child.
  • Value everyone's contribution.

Create a culture of listening

Create a culture of listening

Create a culture where parents and whānau are listened to.

  • Be open and welcoming to parents and their children, initiating and making connections with whānau.
  • Ask parents and whānau about their preferred means of communication, such as face-to-face, email or text.
  • Create opportunities and time for parents and whānau to talk about their children’s learning and wellbeing.
  • Identify appropriate staff, such as the SENCO and HOD Learning Support, as key contact people for specific parents.
  • Listen to, and address, parents’ concerns.

Source: Adapted from Partners in learning: Parent’s voices (September 2008) (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

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School-whānau partnerships – Randwick School

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Ruia: School-whānau partnerships for Māori learners’ success

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Establish reciprocal relationships ”:

Return to the guide “Supporting Māori students”

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