Ruia tools: appraisal and partnerships

The Ruia tools provide in-depth resources in appraisal for learning and school-whānau partnerships to support better educational success for Māori students. 

E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea.

I will never be lost, for I am a seed sown in Rangiātea.

About the appraisal tool

School leaders

School leaders are responsible for implementing their schools’ appraisal policies.

Research shows that effective school leaders focus on practices that will have a positive impact on learning for teachers and students. This Ruia website promotes practices that are proven to work across a range of contexts. School leaders can use it to fine tune their appraisal practices in ways that lead to improved outcomes for Māori students.


Parts of this website are also for teachers. By using the site, teachers will have more sense of ownership of the appraisal process as it contributes to cycles of professional learning that lead to improved outcomes for Māori students.

Boards of trustees

Boards of trustees are responsible for developing appraisal policies and monitoring their implementation. Boards can use this website to gain an understanding of how appraisal can lift learning for both teachers and students.

Go to the appraisal website tool

About the school-whānau partnerships tool

Research shows that the kinds of relationships that are forged can have a significant effect on the outcomes for students.

  • Educationally powerful partnerships change what happens in classrooms.
  • School–whānau relationships that are deliberately nurtured help Māori learners achieve success.
  • Ongoing cycles of inquiry focused on building partnerships promote student learning in and outside of school.

This website will be effective when used collaboratively with whānau representatives, including members of boards of trustees and kaumātua.

School leaders can share the website with whānau and the local community and go on to share decision making about its use.

Teachers can use this website to help them work in partnership with whānau to support the learning of Māori students.

Go to the school-whānau partnerships website tool

Ruia tools are a response to statistics that show not enough Māori students are getting the opportunities they need to achieve educational success and participate confidently and actively in the world beyond.

Ruia is also a response to messages from policy and research. The Ministry of Education’s policy for Māori students is described in Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2013–2017.Ka Hikitia’s strategic intent is for Māori to enjoy education success as Māori.

Tags: Appraisal, Culturally responsive leadership, Māori student achievement

Tell a colleague | Back to top