Date
12 August 2022

Partner with whānau, parents and caregivers

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Identifying needs and strengths, and accessing support’

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Share observations in ways that work for whānau and ākonga

Share observations in ways that work for whānau and ākonga

Sometimes the language of teaching and learning can create a barrier for families.

Consider how you can share information about learning in ways that are mana-enhancing, support understanding, and promote conversation, for example:

  • drawings or graphics
  • photos
  • videos
  • learning stories
  • simple graphs of learning data
  • culturally relevant metaphors and analogies.

What to ask

What to ask

Connect with parents, whānau, and caregivers to understand the strengths and needs of students.

Practical elements:

  • the language(s) spoken at home
  • medications and allergies
  • equipment used at home
  • what they do at home to support learning.

Student’s likes and dislikes:

  • likes, interests, what they’re good at, need help with, can do independently
  • dislikes, what can upset them, how they express this, calming skills
  • favourites (TV programmes, hobbies, books, songs, sports).

The people in the student’s life:

  • parent and whānau hopes and priorities
  • important people in the student’s life
  • best methods and times to communicate with the family
  • professionals working with the family
  • questions they have and support they would like from the school.

Support information sharing

Support information sharing

Communicate and share information in a meaningful way, demonstrating understanding and support for parents’ concerns.
  • Encourage parents and caregivers to share what they have noticed or assessments they have had done outside school.
  • Build on any programmes or materials used at home, to maximise consistency and support for the student.
  • Develop systems for passing on information about a student’s needs, progress and next steps.
  • Share information about out-of-school programmes that may help to boost the student’s self-esteem (for example, classes or groups for music, art, dance or sports).

Useful resources

Useful resources

Family whanau file2

Family/whānau file

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The vision book My child our journey

The vision book: My child, our journey

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Identify needs and how to provide support”:

Return to the guide “Low vision and learning”

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