Families, whānau and communities
Engaging with families, whānau, and your school community about their hopes, concerns, and aspirations for their boys will help you develop a shared commitment to raising the engagement and achievement of boys in your school.
Families, whānau, and your school community have a key role to play in the success of boys in your school. By working with whānau and your community, you can work towards a shared understanding of the importance of meeting boys’ learning needs and supporting their educational achievement.
Parents and whānau need opportunities to build on what they are already doing at home to support their boys’ learning. Providing programmes that look to address the real needs of parents and their boys in your school will help you raise the level of engagement and achievement of boys in your school.
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- The Complexity of Community and Family Influences on Children's Achievement in New Zealand: Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) Iteration
This 2003 report, commissioned by the Ministry of Education, looks at community and family influences on children's achievement and summarises its findings into four categories: family attributes; family processes; community factors; and centre/school, family, and community partnerships.
This is the Ministry of Education’s broad, five-year strategy to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all Māori students gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.
- Better Relationships for Better Learning: Guidelines for Boards of Trustees and Schools on Engaging with Māori Parents, Whānau, and Communities
This Ministry of Education publication, published in 2000, provides guidelines for boards of trustees and schools on engaging with Māori parents, whānau, and communities. Phone 0800 660 662 to get a copy (item number 23848).
This resource contains three DVDs and a facilitation handbook and is part of the Ministry of Education’s Te Mana programme. It is designed to assist schools in raising the achievement levels of Māori students and focuses on the need to build and sustain strong school-whānau partnerships. Your school should already have a copy of this resource.
This web page provides parents with useful links and information about what their children learn at school, the curriculum, and how they can help their children learn.