Date
21 July 2019

Discuss students’ learning and wellbeing and plan effective support

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

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Develop home-school contact

Develop 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 whānau feel they are heard, fully involved, and not rushed in meetings, interviews, and conferences.
  • Report on students’ progress in language and formats that are meaningful to, and can be easily understood by, the student and family/whānau.
  • Be open and listen 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, whānau, and communities in New Zealand (May 2008) (opens in a new tab/window)

Consider digital portfolios

Consider digital portfolios

Digital portfolios created and maintained by students are a vehicle for communicating learning to whānau.

Use technologies

Use technologies

Suggestions for using technology to support communication and information sharing.

  • Leave computers on at the end of the day and invite parents and whānau to view students’ digital work.
  • Find out the types of technology that parents and whānau use and offer to share in those mediums.
  • Consider using multiple channels, such as mobile devices, email, instant messaging services, social media, and the school website, to connect with parents and whānau.
  • Provide deliberate support or training to show parents and whānau how they can engage with students’ work, both face-to-face and through technology.
  • Create and promote online spaces such as blogs that invite parent and whānau participation and feedback.
  • Establish a site or portal for parents and whānau to access and contribute to student learning.
  • Design e-portfolios to inform future steps in learning.

Engage with outside agencies

Engage with outside agencies

Before engaging support for students from outside services and agencies:

  • find out from family/whānau whether they are already connected with outside agencies or programmes or have been in the past, and what their experience of these agencies/programmes was
  • check with colleagues, especially the learning support team, to find out which services and agencies the school already has a relationship with and get some feedback on the effectiveness of the partnerships
  • research possible options for support, so that you can make an informed contribution to discussions
  • outline other possible options for support when you are discussing the specific needs of a student with their whānau.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

National mentoring service for Māori and Pasifika students

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Community engagement

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

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

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