Appendix 1: Initiatives to improve Māori student outcome

Education for Māori: Using information to improve Māori educational success.

Figure 22 gives an indication of the range and variety of initiatives available to improve student outcomes, and identifies those targeted at or emphasising Māori students. It is not a comprehensive list. The cost information is based on information provided by the Ministry of Education and is not audited.

Figure 22
Initiatives to improve student outcomes

ForEmphasis on Māori learners?Targeted at Māori learners?DescriptionOutcomes known?2014/15
Budget $000Actual $000
Programme for Students – Accelerated Learning in Literacy and Mathematics, and Mathematics Support Teacher
Teachers No No Supports schools to inquire into their teaching practices to accelerate the progress of students who are below the National Standards for reading, writing, or mathematics. No
Building on Success
School leadership and teachers Yes Yes Encourages school leaders to work with whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori organisations to ensure that their support and expertise with Māori language and culture can be positively directed towards Māori student engagement and achievement outcomes. It brings together the successful elements of Te Kotahitanga (discontinued), He Kākano (discontinued), and the Starpath project. No 10,930 10,451
Count Me In
Students Yes Yes Provides targeted support to Māori and Pasifika 16 to 18 year-olds who have left school without NCEA Level 2, to give them the best chance at gaining a Level 2 qualification. No
E-Ako Pāngarau
Students Yes Yes Provides online learning modules for students in each strand of the Pāngarau Learning Area of Te Mātauranga o Aotearoa. No Combined with English medium costs Combined with English medium costs
School leadership Yes Yes A Māori cultural responsiveness self-review tool for boards of trustees. Yes
Investing in Educational Success
School leadership and teachers No No Focuses on improving teacher quality to raise student achievement. It provides a process to get communities involved in raising student achievement by working together with schools to identify and address common achievement challenges. No
Joint Initiative
School leadership and teachers No No A collaboration between New Zealand Education Institute and the Ministry of Education. Aims to identify what works in schools and communities to encourage greater collaboration and support successful transition. No
Kimihia Rangahaua (Māori medium research and evaluation)
Teachers, students, Ministry staff, sector leaders, whānau No No To address lack of well-researched strategies for teaching literacy, and to ensure effective evaluation of Māori medium literacy materials and training programmes. Yes 266 168
Learning and Change Networks
School leadership, teachers, parents, students, community Yes No A group of schools/kura working together to grow capability and to accelerate achievement of priority learners in ways that recognise cultural diversity and grow innovative and future-focused learning. It has a particular focus on Māori, Pasifika, special education needs, and learners from low socio-economic backgrounds. Yes 1,352 1,219
Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom
Students Unclear from the information provided Unclear from the information provided Provides authentic Māori language experiences, hands-on practical experiences including waiata-a-ringa, maurakau, weaving, and historical enactments in the context of a marae. No 46 46
Māori Achievement Collaboration
School leadership and teachers Yes Yes Led by the New Zealand Principals Federation, uses the knowledge of school principals who have lifted Māori achievement to guide clusters of schools to engage with the local iwi and whānau. Yes 109 109
Māori Language Programme
Students Yes No Provides specific funding for Māori language learning. No 17 (2014)
18 (2015)
Māori and Pasifika mentoring
Students Yes Yes Aims to support young Māori and Pasifika students, in a culturally responsive way, to successfully achieve NCEA. No 1,870 1,647
Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora (Māori medium programmes for students)
Students Yes Yes To accelerate students who are Manawa āki and Manawa taki in te reo matatini and pāngarau. No 2,500 2,200
Mātaiako (kura and Māori medium only)
School leadership, teachers, parents Yes Yes Is about gathering and interpreting information about student progress and achievement, and using that information to improve teaching and learning in schools. No 1,055 894
Mutukaroa Project
Parents No No A home school learning partnership that seeks to accelerate learning progress and achievement for students in years 1, 2, and 3 by fostering the active engagement of parents and whānau. The project also aims to provide parents with the knowledge necessary for them to support the development of core skills in their children. Yes 1,474 1,389
NCEA and the Whānau
Parents Yes No NZQA-led information programme aims to help whānau understand NCEA through a series of interactive workshops. No
Partnering for Achievement
Parents No No A package of initiatives designed to strengthen the ability of parents, families, and whānau to enhance their children's education. No
Partnership Schools
Students Yes No These schools were set up to raise achievement among Māori, Pasifika, learners from low socio-economic backgrounds, and learners with special education needs. No 5,296 N/A
Positive Behaviour for Learning
Students, teachers and school leadership No No 10 initiatives (five in development) that help parents, whānau, teachers, early childhood centres, and schools address problem behaviour, improve children's well-being, and increase educational achievement. Yes
Puawaitanga Scholarships
Students Yes Yes For students enrolling in Tutahi Māori Boarding Schools who demonstrate leadership. No 1,152 1,083
Rauemi whānui (Māori medium publishing)
Students and teachers Yes Yes Develops teaching and learning resources for Kura Tau 1-8 and Wharekura Tau 9-15. Yes 4,522 4,630
Reading Together
Students and parents No No Involves schools facilitating a series of workshops for parents and whānau to support their child's reading at home. Yes
Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) Support
Teachers and students Yes No Provides learning and behaviour support to schools. The RTLB teams work with schools, teachers, and students with learning and behaviour needs, to improve schools' capability to provide an inclusive environment. No
Schooling Improvement – Iwi partnership
Students, teachers, Ministry, sector leadership Yes Yes Projects to realise opportunities for iwi and Māori to have increased responsibility for influencing, designing and implementing solutions. No 3,900 N/A
School leadership and management, teachers, students, and parents Yes No University of Auckland worked with several secondary schools in Auckland and Northland to identify and address the barriers that prevent participation and success in degree-level education. Yes
Student Achievement Function
School leadership No No Expert practitioners work with schools during a 26-week programme to promote cultural changes to help raise student achievement. Yes Combined with English medium costs Combined with English medium costs
Tailored Training and Support (this has been subsumed into the master service agreement with the New Zealand School Trustees Association)
School leadership No No Provides support and advice to schools' boards of trustees so that they are supported to understand their governance and accountability roles. This includes setting a strategic direction that contributes to raising student achievement, especially for the priority groups in their school. No
School leadership and teachers Yes Yes A resource to help schools think about their current practice and how responsive that practice is to the needs of Māori learners. Yes
Te Kauhua
School leadership, teachers, community Yes Yes Supports school-based action research projects to help schools and whānau to work together in ways that improve Māori learners' outcomes. Yes 267 267
Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua
Students and teachers Yes Yes Development of Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua and supporting resources. No 1,013 1,018
Te Matakura (Māori medium NCEA)
Students and teachers Yes Yes Provide a full suite of NCEA Levels 1-3 Te Mātauranga o Aotearoa – derived achievement standards and associated teaching and assessment resources for Māori medium students to use towards nationally and internationally recognised qualifications. No 2,440 1,590
Te Mātānuku (Māori medium professional learning and development)
Teachers No No Supports centrally funded professional development and learning. No 14,110 14,190
Te Whare Kōrero Pāngarau o Aotearoa
Teachers, students, and whānau Yes Yes Provides online resources to support all strands of pāngarau. No 120 120
Wharekura curriculum support
Teachers Unclear from the information provided Unclear from the information provided To share wharekura teacher expertise. No 1,198 1,110
Whānau Education Action Plans
Teachers, social workers, students, and parents Yes Yes The plans are a tool to help students and their whānau map education goals and define a set of actions, time frames, and responsibilities about how the plan will be implemented. Yes 286 N/A
Youth Guarantee programmes: Vocational Pathways; Achievement, Retention, and Transition; Secondary-Tertiary programmes; Fees Free; Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource; Gateway
Students and school management Yes No The suite of programmes gives 16-19 year olds options for education and training to gain a New Zealand Qualifications Framework Level 1 to 3 qualification (including NCEA). Some

Source: Ministry of Education and Office of the Auditor-General.
Note: For the data on whether outcomes are known, "No" can mean that it is too early to measure outcomes.