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Reporting to parents and whānau

These pages provide information and resources to support schools to share information with students, parents and whānau. They help to reframe the reporting process from one-way reporting from the teacher to reciprocal information sharing between students, schools, parents and whānau.

While many of the examples use the language of National Standards (archived), the sound information-sharing principles behind them remain the same. Schools will be able to adapt accordingly if they are no longer referencing National Standards (archived). 

  • The key contributors to learning classrooms are teachers, students, and parents and whānau. These contributors need to maintain close dialogue, share information, and work together if students are to be fully supported in their learning. 

Ministry of Education Assessment Position Paper, 2011

The vision of the New Zealand Curriculum is for our young people to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. The purpose of reporting is to share information about a child’s learning, progress, and achievement towards this vision in ways that support further learning. 

Communicating clear, dependable information about progress and achievement provides a basis for building a strong partnership between the child, the teacher, and the child’s parents, family, and whānau to support learning and improve student outcomes.

Each child’s parents and whānau are their first and most important teachers. Building learning-focused relationships and connections between parents, whānau, and teachers is therefore vital for each child’s ongoing learning and success. Children are the core participants in any learning environment and as such they need to be actively engaged in understanding their own actions and progress as learners.

Here you can find feedback from schools on these resources.