Date
23 February 2024

Foster student identity and aspirations

Developing a vision for a good life builds on what the student enjoys, their talents and their interests.

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Create a holistic vision for a good life

Create a holistic vision for a good life

Culturally sustaining frameworks can help to guide conversations about what a good life would entail.

Examples of frameworks include Te Whare Tapa Whā, Te Wheke and the Pacific Values Framework for NCEA. This video introduces the Pacific Values Framework.

Use visualisation tools

Use visualisation tools

In this visualisation by Interactionz, Whare Tapa Whā provides a holistic Māori framework to guide conversations and planning for a good life.

Download more Interactionz visualisation examples here: 

Use example vision statements for ideas

Use example vision statements for ideas

Looking at other people’s vision statements can help us to begin the process of making our own. Read through the examples on the ImagineMORE website.

To live in a home of his own with people he chooses … (and) to have meaningful work that is well supported.

Use the vision to guide actions

Use the vision to guide actions

Josh’s story highlights how important it is for families to have a strong vision of the possibilities of the future.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

New Zealand Disability Strategy

This strategy guides the work of government agencies. It can be used to make decisions on things that are important to disabled people.

Publisher: Office for Disability Issues

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Website

Interactionz

Interactionz is an Aotearoa charity that works with individuals, organisations and businesses to envision the future they want and create their pathway forward.

Publisher: Interactionz

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Website

This is me – my identity

These Health and Physical Education curriculum materials explore the unique things that make up identity. Comprises Oho My identity cards, Ata Emotion cards, and This is me – my identity activity sheet.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Website

ImagineMORE

An Australian website focused on building the capacity of people with disability, their families and supporters.

Publisher: ImagineMORE

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Website

Dream and Discover

Teaching and learning resource for years 7 and 8. Helps students to gain awareness of themselves and their futures. Includes a Vision of my future worksheet.

Publisher: Careers New Zealand

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Help students build a vision for life”:

Return to the guide “Preparing students to leave school”

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