Involving parents, families and whānau

Effective partnerships between schools and parents, whānau, and communities can result in better outcomes for students. The better the relationship and engagement, the more positive the impact on students' learning.

New Zealand articles and resources

Ngāue fakataha ki he ako 'a e fānau

In this project Pasifika parents, schools and teachers worked together to enhance children's learning, progress and achievement. They developed the Talanoa Ako cycle and tools to support their work together.

The complexity of community and family influences on children's achievement in New Zealand: BES

by Fred Biddulph, Jeanne Biddulph and Chris Biddulph

This report is one of a series of best evidence syntheses commissioned by the Ministry of Education. 

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Accomplishing important work together

by Helen Timperley and Viviane Robinson

This article examines what is meant by the term 'partnership' in an education context. It use New Zealand examples to illustrate education partnerships.

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New Zealand school stories

Building cultural knowledge

Juliet Small discusses Oranga School's experience building teachers' knowledge of Pasifika cultures to better meet the needs of their students. 

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Nurturing relationships of learning

Shirley Maihi explains the importance of focusing on her students' social and academic development and total well-being, and of nurturing the relationships between the student, the school and the parents.

Parents as learning partners

Joyce Beck is building the capacity of Kaitangata School, in South Otago, to raise student achievement by involving parents as learning partners.

Other resources

Partnering with families and communities

by Joyce L. Epstein and Karen Clark Salinas

This article discusses the difference between a professional learning community and a school learning community, and suggests ways to engage parents to enhance student learning. 

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Six types of parental involvement

by Joyce Epstein

This page links to Joyce Epstein's framework on parental involvement in schools. 

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