Improvement In Action Te Ahu Whakamua

An inclusive learning community – McAuley High School

If the teacher makes you feel welcomed and comfortable in class then that pushes you to make better choices about your learning.

Respectful caring relationships are at the heart of a learning community in setting the safe and supportive context in which teachers and learners engage and learn. The maintenance of such relationships involves every member of staff.

This video illustrates

Domain 4: Responsive curriculum, effective teaching and opportunity to learn

Evaluation indicators

  • Students participate and learn in caring, collaborative, inclusive learning communities
  • Students have effective, sufficient and equitable opportunities to learn 

Key content

  • All staff play a role in monitoring individual student wellbeing on a daily basis
  • Relationships are professional in nature and focused on learning
  • “If the teacher makes you feel welcomed and comfortable in class then that pushes you to make better choices about your learning”
  • Students appreciate individual and tailored support and those teachers they perceive “take the time” to understand their needs
  • Students also acknowledge that achievement is a consequence of effort and expect and want teachers to apply pressure
  • Inclusive language plays an important role in maintaining the learning relationship “How are we going to move forward?”

Things to think about

  • How central is manaakitanga and whanaungatanga in your school?
  • How might these be better integrated into classroom pedagogy?