Te aromihi pouako e puta ai ngā ihu o ngā ākonga Māori

Connections between the principles and Ka Hikitia

Ka Hikitia is informed by key evidence on how to improve system performance for Māori.

It identifies five levers that this evidence shows will be most effective in bringing about change and harnessing the potential of Māori learners. One of the two levers particularly relevant to this website is “Increasing professional learning and capability of teachers”.

Increasing professional learning and capability of teachers requires high quality initial training and ongoing professional learning. High-quality teaching makes the most difference to learner outcomes across all parts of the education sector. The capabilities that teachers bring to their practice depend, in the first place, on initial teacher education and then on further professional learning.

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The other lever is “Focusing on responsive and accountable professional leadership”.

Focusing on responsive and accountable professional leadership requires professional leaders to know, practice, and widely advocate what works best for and with Māori learners, as well as develop collaborative relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi to share expertise and work together to achieve shared outcomes. Evidence shows that principals who focus on teaching and learning as part of their leadership role and participate in the professional development of their staff, tend to improve outcomes for students.

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