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Working in Māori medium setting

RTLB support is highly responsive, timely and tailored to the needs and aspirations of mokopuna, parents, family/whānau, hapū and iwi.  RTLB value and affirm identity, language and culture of Māori learners.

RTLB with little or no proficiency in te reo, but who have a genuine understanding of the kaupapa/tikanga of the kura can work within the kura setting with the agreement of teachers/kaiako and parents, family/whānau.

Requests for Support are focussed on one or more of the tiers of support.  With the consent of the cluster manager, RTLB can work across clusters to provide an effective and relevant service to kura.

Communication with kura staff and parents/whānau

The liaison RTLB introduces new RTLB who have been allocated a Request for Support in a kura.  

RTLB consult with kura staff and family/whānau to mutually agree on processes for working together.  Family/whānau’s views, knowledge and preferred ways of working are sought, valued and acknowledged.

In a wharekura setting, as in any secondary school setting, RTLB keep the relevant Deans, Heads of Departments (HODs) and/or Heads of Faculty (HOFs) informed in advance of all formal activities they undertake which involve, teachers/kaiako and mokopuna.  Activities could include such things as the development of collaborative action plans and modelling of best practice.   

Kura/wharekura contribute to RTLB practice

When RTLB work with kura or wharekura, the RTLB cluster:

  • develops and strengthens relationships with iwi, hapū, parents, family/whānau
  • receives guidance on tikanga (Māori world view relevant to the rohe) that strengthens cultural identity, supports best practise and is culturally bound.

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