He kaiwhakarite - manager

“E kore te matau e rawe ki te moana takai ai, engari anō a uta”

Effective and efficient management of people, environments and education that transforms teaching and learning communities

The kaiwhakarite leadership role involves effective and efficient management of the operational aspects of the kura, with a focus on systems that support its educational goals.

The kaiwhakarite role includes managing people, resources, administrative systems and teaching and learning programmes to produce outcomes that positively transform learning communities. The kaiwhakarite manages change; builds capacity in key roles; fosters a culture of positive collaboration, commitment, motivation and deepened learning; and raises expectations in order to bring about continuous improvement and success for learners.

Key focus area: mana mokopuna

Goal: To manage the kura in a way that works towards realising learners’ potential and success as Māori both in Aotearoa and in the wider world

Leadership practice:

  • managing streamlined systems for teachers, learners and whānau
  • managing timetabling for learners and staff that is clear, consistent and well planned
  • managing staff and resources efficiently, allowing the focus of kura to be teaching and supporting learners’ learning, achievement and success
  • ensuring learning is prioritised
  • ensuring that learners’ and whānau’s presence, engagement and retention in education is maintained and promoted
  • planning and coordinating regular measurement of learners’ progress
  • maintaining efficient information and storage systems
  • encouraging learners to take individual responsibility for time management
  • ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are in place to support learners’ success
  • fostering a culture of positive collaboration, commitment and motivation, to bring about continuous improvement in learners’ potential and success
  • encouraging collective professional learning communities within and across the kura in order to achieve better learner outcomes

Key focus area: mana wairua

Goal: To support and protect the well-being of learners, staff and whānau

Leadership practice:

  • managing systems and practices that encourage and support personal contentment as a key component of well-being
  • supporting learners, staff and kura through personal and professional challenges
  • managing staff according to correct procedures, supported by effective policy

Key focus area: mana tangata

Goal: To deal with people in a way that preserves mana and self-respect

Leadership practice:

  • maintaining an open management style in which learners and staff are encouraged to contribute towards what works best for the kura
  • planning and implementing staff professional development opportunities
  • maintaining a ‘human face’ and adopting a management style that demonstrates a genuine caring nature through kindness, approachability and understanding
  • exercising a management philosophy that shows compassion for learners and staff under stress or personal hardship
  • ensuring whānau are given opportunities to contribute towards management practices
  • ensuring whānau are well informed of management policy, procedure and protocols
  • securing whānau confidence and trust in the management of the kura
  • developing succession plans for emerging kura leadership

Key focus area: mana reo

Goal: To ensure the use of te reo Māori in management systems

Leadership practice:

  • investing time and resources in the professional development of staff to strengthen their knowledge of, and proficiency in, te reo Māori
  • developing and implementing staff recruitment policies in which the necessary competencies in and commitment to te reo Māori are explicit

Key focus area: mana tikanga

Goal: To manage the kura in a way that acknowledges and respects tikanga

Leadership practice:

  • investing time and resources in the professional development of staff to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of tikanga Māori
  • developing staff recruitment policies in which the neccessary competencies in and commitment to tikanga Māori are transparent

Key focus area: mana mātauranga

Goal: To use mātauranga Māori in management policies and practices

Leadership practice:

  • ensuring management practices are underpinned by values, knowledge and skills derived from a distinct mātauranga Māori base
  • providing direction school-wide for staff to engage in inquiry learning and action research to identify sound mātauranga and gather evidence to support learner learning
  • developing management systems, policies and protocols based on sound tikanga principles to plan, develop and manage the provision of high-quality educational programmes to achieve valued learner outcomes

Key focus area: mana ā-kura

Goal: To manage teaching and learning programmes to achieve positive learner outcomes

Leadership practice:

  • developing and managing school-wide systems that provide high-quality programmes to support and extend learners’ capabilities to realise their potential as Māori
  • developing a self-review process to monitor and examine the progress the kura is making compared to previous years in literacy and numeracy

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