Date
20 November 2019

Foster whānau engagement

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Building strong community networks’

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Use technologies

Use technologies

Use technologies parents are familiar with, such as Facebook, webpages, and blogs to share what is happening in the class with them.

Model inclusion

Model inclusion

Model your commitment to inclusion when communicating with parents and whānau.

Consider newsletters, websites, forms, and invitations.

  • Make materials available in the languages of your school community.
  • Ensure that written material is supported with graphics to support understanding.
  • Offer digital and hard copy materials, so that whānau can select an access option that works best for them.
  • Clearly explain how parents can connect with teachers and support staff at your school to talk about their child.
  • Extend open invitations for parents to join the school parent or whānau group, and other groups they can belong and contribute to.
  • Include illustrated success stories about all students.
  • Share ongoing stories of your school's commitment to inclusive practices and next steps.

Seek feedback

Seek feedback

Lincoln School staff talk about how they seek feedback from whānau on what is working well and what can be improved.

Establish support groups

Establish support groups

Diana Tregoweth outlines some of the approaches in place at Owairaka School that support the development of family and whānau support groups.

Benefits of parental involvement

Benefits of parental involvement

Research shows that voluntary parental involvement makes a difference for children.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Creating MASAM – Collaborating with the community

Read time: 2 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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File

Supporting rangatahi with common-sense solutions

Read time: 5 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Build community networks”:

Return to the guide “Supporting Māori students”

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