To date, it has been schools that have mostly determined the way that they interact with whānau. Research and experience now shows that this needs to change so that whānau can take a more active role in shaping this relationship.
Research and reports that support partnerships
This gallery links to specific research sources that address the influence that whānau can contribute to the educational success of their children. This research has informed the guiding policy, Ka Hikitia, as well as the PLD responses.
Education for Māori (image)
Promoting success (image)
What works (image)
Whānau information needs (image)
Whānau contributions (image)
This report brings together information about relationships between families and schools, including examples of effective practice. It supports educators as they consider the relationships they have with whānau.
This ERO report provides important information about three critical dimensions for the success of Māori students.
Viviane Robinson, Margie Hohepa, Claire Lloyd (The University of Auckland, 2009)
This important BES research report provides evidence to guide leaders on “what works and why” as they aim to achieve the best outcomes for all learners. It includes information schools can use to inform their own strategies for home-school partnerships.
This 2012 Colmar Brunton report for the Ministry of Education offers useful insights to help schools identify what parents want and how they can strengthen communication between school and home.
This 2013 paper from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner examines the roles of families and whānau in the educational success of their children.
Guiding documents that support partnerships
This gallery brings together a range of key documents of interest to schools. All these documents play an important role in informing thinking about building whānau connections.
Ka Hikitia – productive partnerships (image)
Guiding principle (image)
Critical factors (image)
Where it starts
A productive partnership starts with the understanding that Māori children and students are connected to whānau and should not be viewed or treated as separate, isolated, or disconnected.Source: Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017
Ka Hikitia is a strategy to guide actions that will make a significant difference for Māori students in education for these five years and beyond. We know Māori students do much better when education reflects and values their identity, language and culture. This is a central focus within Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017.
Effective governance (image)
Key messages from research
In this eBook, Berryman and Ford explore some of the key messages from the guiding documents and research on building effective home–school and home–community relationships. Discussion of the research documents includes:
Mere Berryman and Therese Ford (2014)
This eBook is hosted on the Kia Eke Panuku website. It explores important ideas about creating powerful educational relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi. It examines messages from research and provides strategies, tools, resources and videos to help put the ideas into practice.
This 2013 New Zealand Board of Trustees publication sets the scene for school leaders to consider the achievement of their Māori students.