Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Launch of Tapasā to help teachers

Launch of Tapasā to help teachers work better with Pacific learners

Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa has today launched a cultural competency tool for teachers working with Pacific learners at Otahuhu Primary School in South Auckland.

“We heard the need for more support for teachers working with Pacific learners and I am pleased that Tapasā is now in action,” says Jenny Salesa.

Tapasā is a teaching resource for early learning and school teachers that was developed by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with a Pacific Experts Panel. It aims to better support Pacific learners and enable teachers to have a better understanding of their world.

“Tapasā will build teachers’ confidence in engaging with Pacific learners, as well as their parents, families and communities. Through Tapasā we want to help make the biggest difference in a child’s educational success,” says Jenny Salesa.

“Tapasā is designed primarily to support non-Pacific leaders, teachers and boards to engage with Pacific learners in culturally responsive ways.

“It contains a variety of helpful information such as case studies of successful teaching practices and practical ideas that teachers can use to incorporate Pacific perspectives into their teaching practices.”

Work on an implementation plan is due to start soon to support the rollout of Tapasā. The Education Council will lead this work in collaboration with expert teachers and leaders that form the Tapasā Expert Teacher Group.

“The Expert Teacher Group will work with the Education Council to ensure the concepts and best practices outlined in Tapasā are effectively communicated and used to inform teaching practices,” says Jenny Salesa.

“I encourage all leaders and teachers to use this tool alongside other resources to support Pacific learners.

“Tapasā is fundamental to achieving a culturally responsive education system with the aim of ensuring all New Zealand’s children and young people have access to excellent education.”

You can access a copy of Tapasā using the link below:

Notes to editors
Members of the Pacific Experts Panel
The following education experts provided input to the development of Tapasā:
• Jason Swann, Principal, Otahuhu Primary School
• Tagaloatele Professor Margaret (Peggy) Fairbarin-Dunlop, Foundation Professor Pacific Studies, Auckland University of Technology
• Dr Timote Vaioleti, Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato

The Tapasā Expert Teacher Group
The Education Council, as the professional body for teachers, will lead the implementation of Tapasā. A group of expert teachers and leaders will form the Tapasā Expert Teacher Group and collaborate with the Education Council to:
• Consider what might be needed to make a cohesive suite of professional learning resources to give life to Tapasā
• Develop strategies for socialising the framework in a way that is engaging, meaningful and digestible
• Look at how Tapasā can be embedded into Our Code, Our Standards, and inform teaching practice and appraisal processes.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Passports And IDs Left Online: Privacy Breach On Tuia 250 Aplications

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage yesterday revealed it had mistakenly exposed the sensitive details of about 300 mostly young people online...

Technology commentator Paul Spain said while most of the information was gone from the internet, the question was who had accessed it while it was online.

"This could be a problem for them for months if not years to come because others are now able to impersonate them and they could do all sorts of things when they [can] pretend to be someone else." More>>


Cutting Tape, Rasing Super Age, Cutting Business Payment Times...: National's Economic Discussion Doc

National has today released its fourth Discussion Document, which focusses on the economy and outlines a range of policies that will help rebuild business confidence, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More>>


NZ First Statement: Passing Of Pita Paraone

“On behalf of New Zealand First let me express our condolences to Pita’s wife, Elva, his three children and wider whānau,” said Mr Peters. “Northland and the people of New Zealand have lost a man who cared deeply for his people and country, and worked endlessly to make New Zealand a better country for us all.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: Why NZ Shouldn’t Try To Curry Favour With Trump

Dutifully, Denmark had lined up militarily alongside the US in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Syria and during the Iraq War. This means nothing. In a heartbeat, the current US President will trash any ally, and on the flimsiest of pretexts. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>





InfoPages News Channels