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The Mutukaroa project

The Mutukaroa project is a home-school learning partnership that seeks to accelerate learning progress and achievement for students in years 1, 2, and 3 by seeking to foster the active engagement of whānau in learning partnerships. Whānau work with a coordinator to develop the knowledge necessary for them to support the development of core skills in their children. They are provided with tools to support learning with their children.

Mutukaroa is underpinned by the findings of the Best Evidence Synthesis The Complexity of Community and Family Influences in Children’s Achievement in New Zealand

Originally developed at Sylvia Park School, the Mutukaroa approach is designed to foster the development of fully engaged whānau who understand assessment.

Key components

  • Learners are assessed on school entry at 5 years old then again at 5 ½ years, 6, and 7 years, with the intention of tracking progress during their time at school.
  • At each stage of the assessment process the coordinator reviews the data, discusses any issues with the teacher, and agrees the next steps in the child’s learning journey. Next steps complement and support what teachers are doing in the classroom.
  • Whānau are invited to a 45 minute – 1 hour meeting with the coordinator to discuss the assessment data and learning targets. 
  • The coordinator utilises a learning framework and tool set to offer whānau structured and specific advice about how to support their child’s learning.

Coordinators are supported through a private online group called, Mutukaroa – Learning and Change Networks Coordinators in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) where they can access the tools that they need, share resources, and communicate with each other.

In the videos Sylvia Park School principal, Barbara Alaalatoa, and coordinator, Ariana Williams, share the background and purpose of Mutukaroa, and the benefits of using the VLN to support clusters of coordinators. 

The Mutukaroa project
Barbara Alaalatoa, principal of Sylvia Park School, shares the vision behind the Mutukaroa project. Great teaching, evidence-based data, and a tailored approach to the way they share data with whānau, all making for meaningful impacts on children's learning.

The Mutukaroa project – Supported by a professional learning community
Sylvia Park School principal, Barbara Alaalatoa, and coordinator of the Mutukaroa project, Ariana Williams, discuss the benefits for coordinators of being involved in a professional learning community where they have access to a wide range of support in a safe online environment.

The Mutukaroa project – Connecting with whānau
Coordinator Ariana Williams explains how and why Mutukaroa works, why it’s so important for whānau to understand assessments, and the benefits of knowing how they can support their child's learning at home.

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For further information about "Mutukaroa: A landmark learning partnership" contact your local Ministry office .

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