The Treaty of Waitangi and School Governance
Kei tua atu o te matapaki kōrero ko te mahi
The Board is accountable for the performance of the school, with a key focus on raising student achievement for all students. This includes making decisions that support Māori learners to enjoy and achieve education success, as Māori.
To support boards achieve this aim NZSTA has developed a set of resources and video clips. The resources are focused on enabling trustees to better understand the Treaty and emphasise the responsibility boards have in ensuring that the implications, obligations and spirit of the Treaty are implemented and upheld.
The resources are:
- The Treaty of Waitangi and School Governance information booklet (click on image below to download)
- Board activities and inquiry scenarios (click on image below to download)
- Video clips offering a snapshot of school and community change (click on thumbnail image to play video)
The Treaty of Waitangi and School Governance information booklet
Many boards want to move beyond simplistic acknowledgement of the Treaty to practices that are evidence based and culturally responsive. This resource offers trustees an overview of the Treaty articles in the context of education. It aims to:
- Provide boards with a basic understanding about the Treaty of Waitangi as a strategic planning document.
- Create a shared understanding about how NZSTA governance principles and honourable governance can enable Māori students to succeed academically, culturally, spiritually, socially and emotionally.
- Provide up-to-date evidence on what contributes to “Māori students achieving educational success as Māori”.
Board activities and inquiry scenarios
He ngohe hei whakaū, he kitenga hei whakawai
This resource includes a set of activities, inquiry scenarios, references and online resources that help boards to think about practical ways that they can best achieve Māori educational success as Māori. These scenarios aim to stimulate board thinking and responses individually and as a group.
Snapshots of school and community change
He mataaho whakaatu panonitanga
These digital clips offer snapshots of how different schools are being pro-active about affirming Māori language, identity and culture, in order to benefit the whole school. The clips aim to encourage board of trustees, teachers and parents about how they ensure Māori students achieve educational success as Māori.
Chair of Kilbirnie School, talks about the challenges and benefits of taking a whole school approach to Māori educational wellbeing.
Curriculum Leader at Houghton Valley School, talks about how the school has worked with the local community to promote and value reo and tikanga Māori.