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Effective support for culturally responsive teaching

School leaders, teachers and communities have a new best evidence feature that explains the ‘how’ of building productive partnerships to drive change and excellent outcomes for ākonga in English medium education.

Professor Mere Berryman

Released this week by the Ministry of Education, Rongohia te Hau Learning from Māori Expertise comes off the back of calls that progress towards a culturally responsive education for Māori in education has been too slow or not delivered.

The new best evidence feature identifies critical success factors that enable transformative change across academic achievement, wellbeing and sense of belonging.

The feature highlights evidence about the need for system change; includes evidence of what does and does not work when evaluated by effects on Māori ākonga; and illustrates perspectives of ākonga: ‘It’s like the opposite of racism in this school’ and ‘Ko tātou ngā rangatira āpōpō’.

The Rongohia te Hau includes a presentation by Director of Poutama Pounamu, Professor Mere Berryman and a message to educators about taking a Tiriti o Waitangi partnership approach to transformative education that benefits Māori and non-Māori.

It brings the evidence to life through seven videos in the online feature that explain the early learning journey of Te Kāhui Ako o Te Puke and Bethlehem College Chapman working with Poutama Pounamu experts to use Rongohia te Hau.

  • Using learner, whānau and teacher feedback
  • Different perspectives inform action
  • Co-constructing a continuum of effective teaching practice
  • Collecting evidence of pedagogy
  • The learning is in the conversation
  • Impacting Māori success
  • Racism: Taking those blinkers off

Three school principals who have won the Prime Minister’s Educational Excellence Awards also appear in the videos to explain the changes. The feature provides Find out more sections that include references to the underpinning evidence.

The new best evidence feature can now be accessed at

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