Key documents and programmes that support the Ministry of Education's policy and strategy directions in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi / te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013 – 2017
This updated Māori education strategy identifies guiding principles to steer direction, focus areas to prioritise resources and activity, a range of goals and actions to accelerate change, and targets and measures to stay on track and measure success. Schools can use the key messages of this strategy to inform and guide their practice.
Ka Hikitia in Action
This publication showcases the critical role parents, whānau and communities play in helping their children to learn. It illustrates that Māori educational success can be achieved when communities, iwi, schools, early learning centres, or the Ministry work in collaboration – mahi tahi.
An online copy is available to download.
NZC Online has developed a blog series that looks closely at different aspects of the strategy and provides questions, resources, and suggested actions for school leaders and kaiako.
Building on Success programme
Building on Success is projected to be in 98 schools by early 2015. As at April 2014, it is operating in 59 schools and at least another 26 schools have registered interest in participating. Another 60 schools, who have previously completed Te Kotahitanga and He Kākano PLD, will be able to access support from the national consortium in communities of practice to sustain their ongoing commitment and focus to accelerate Māori student achievement.
The Building on Success programme is an integral part of the Ministry of Education’s wider efforts to accelerate Māori student achievement. Building on Success brings together, strengthens, and builds on the evidence-based approach of the Te Kotahitanga, Starpath, He Kākano and secondary literacy and numeracy programmes. It also builds on the work of schools and whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities to further strengthen educational partnerships. Building on Success will offer a range of expertise to secondary schools, individually tailored to suit their particular strengths and needs. It will create a school culture, relationships and effective leadership and teaching practices to further accelerate the pace of Māori student achievement.
Nationally, the programme will be delivered by a consortium involving Waikato University, Auckland University and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi: the leaders of Te Kotahitanga, Starpath and He Kākano and the Secondary Literacy Project respectively. In the Whanganui rohe, Te Puna Mātauranga and Cognition Education will deliver an iwi partnership programme.
Making the waka go faster
When Peter Kaua, principal of Wanganui City College, was asked what kind of assistance he wanted to help boost Māori achievement in his school, his response was ‘the support of an outrigger.’
Tau Mai Te Reo – The Māori Language in Education Strategy 2013-2017
(Tau Mai Te Reo) expresses what the Ministry of Education and education sector agencies will do for learners of Māori language in education. Tau Mai Te Reo states that activity to support Māori language in education must be deliberate, comprehensive, and focused on gathering information and reporting on it appropriately.
Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners
Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners explains the progression of the competencies teachers need to develop so they can help Māori learners achieve educationally as Māori. Tātaiako has been developed to help all educators think about what it takes to successfully teach Māori learners. It provides a starting point for schools developing cultural competence.