Mātaiako: Information for whānau

Mātaiako refers to the process of observation and evaluation of learning taking place, and can capture the activities helping learners to move along that pathway.

In 2011, kura and Māori medium settings that use Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (the Māori medium curriculum) will also be using Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori describe te reo and pāngarau skills that your tamariki need to learn at different stages in their schooling. Lifting their achievement in te reo and pāngarau through all learning areas of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa is a key focus for kura and schools with Māori medium settings.

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori is supported by Mātaiako, so it is important for you to know and understand what Mātaiako is about.

What is Mātaiako?

Mātaiako is about knowing where your child is at so that plans can be made for the next steps in their learning. Mātaiako involves:

  • gathering information about your child’s progress and achievement
  • understanding what that information says about where your child is at and then
  • using that information to improve teaching and learning for your child.

Overall Teacher Judgments

Creating the jigsaw puzzle to get an overall picture...

Mātaiako will help your child’s kaiako make overall teacher judgments about your child’s learning progress.

An overall teacher judgment is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. Your child’s kaiako will gather pieces of information about how your child has been doing, and will put those pieces together to create an overall picture of your child’s progress and achievement.

Just like a jigsaw, the picture has to be made up of a number of different pieces, as no single piece of information will give you a true picture of how well your child is doing. 

Putting the jigsaw pieces together...

Information about your child’s progress can and should be gathered in a range of different ways. This might include the kaiako:

  • watching and listening to how your child works and plays at kura
  • getting your child to assess their own work or other students’ work
  • giving your child a range of activities to do
  • talking with your child to find out what they know, understand and can do
  • gathering results from formal assessments and using assessment tools.

When all of this information is brought together, it gives a clear picture of the areas where your child is progressing well and areas where more work is needed.

Keeping you informed...

Your child’s kura must now provide you with two written reports each year to let you know how your child is doing in relation to Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori. These reports should help you understand:

  • the areas where your child is doing well
  • the areas where more work is needed
  • what kind of help your child may need with their learning
  • what the next steps are to help your child progress in their learning.

If you do not understand the information in your child’s report, you may find it helpful to talk to your child’s kaiako or to some other parents. You could even ask your kura to arrange a whānau meeting to talk about:

  • what information you would like to see included in these reports
  • how you would like the information presented in the reports and
  • what language you would like the reports to be in.

Supporting your child's learning

It's a team effort...

It is important to work together with your child and their kaiako to support your child’s learning. Your child’s report provides a great chance for you all to talk about:

  • how your child is doing at kura
  • what your child is doing well
  • the areas where your child needs more support
  • what your child should be learning next.

Your child’s kaiako may also be able to give you some ideas about how you can build on what you are already doing at home to support your child’s learning.

If you're not sure, ask...

It is important that you understand how and why your child is being assessed at kura. If you have any concerns or are unsure of anything to do with Mātaiako, talk to your child’s kaiako. They should be able to tell you about the information they are using to make their overall teacher judgments about your child’s progress and should be able to answer any queries you may have.

For more information contact your Parents, Family and Whānau advisor at your Regional Office (see contact details below).

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