A school principal talks about how he works with his school community to develop an environment where Māori learners are supported and can succeed as Māori. Māori parents talk about their own and their sons’ experiences at this school and a senior Māori student talks about how Māori feel safe, are acknowledged and set up for success.
This video illustrates
Domain 2: Leadership for equity and excellence
- Leadership ensures an orderly and supportive environment that is conducive to student learning and wellbeing
- For schools and systems to better serve Māori students there must be deliberate actions to effect change
- “There is no one ‘right way’, there are lots of right ways”
- Cultural relationships are observed, understood and respected
- Teacher positioning has shifted together with a deeper sense of knowing individual learners and their potential
- Pathways to achievement are progressive and made visible to learners
- “Now it feels normal, it feels as if this is just how we are here”
Things to think about
- How do your Māori students and their whānau view the school environment?
- How do you know?
This video was commissioned by Waikato University. For more on this and similar themes visit the website poutamapounamu.org.nz.