ERO’s November 2015 report shares the ways schools parents, families and whānau successfully worked together to support students who needed to accelerate their progress.
Educationally powerful connections involved two-way collaborative working relationships that reflected the concept of mahi tahi – working together towards the specific goal of supporting a young person’s success. The best examples were learning-centred collaborations between students, their teachers and their parents and whānau that focused on the student’s learning and progress.
A whānau-like context was established in which parents, teachers and students all understood their rights and responsibilities, commitments and obligations – whanaungatanga – to help the students succeed.
The intent of the relationship with parents was to extend learning across the home and school. Teacher and leaders that understood this intent:
As a result students’ progress accelerated.
When school leaders designed initiatives that focused on particular students that needed to accelerate their progress, teachers systematically strengthened their working relationships with these students’ parents and whānau. Leaders used an inquiry framework below to help teachers: