Whānau and education communities are diverse. As a learning support team this will be reflected in the varied ways you set up engagement.

Your work together will develop a sound values base whether it is at a school/cluster wide level or in your individual engagements with whānau, kaiako and ākonga. Shared values provide a foundation for a strong and connected community from which people can safely examine alternative and diverse views. 

In your LSC role you will engage in collaborative relationships with:

  • other LSC within your cluster

  • teaching colleagues, 

  • support staff, 

  • whānau and ākonga, 

  • Ministry of Education practitioners, 

  • specialist teachers, 

  • other agencies, groups and individuals in the community.

The specific role you take in these collaborative relationships will be dependent on the skills and knowledge you bring to the mahi and the negotiated responsibilities within your learning community.

Paying particular attention to the kawa (protocols) and tikanga (customs and values) of those you will be working with is essential in whakawhanaungatanga. 

To access resources and links related to whakawhanaungatanga click on the ‘strengthen your understanding’ and ‘support your mahi’ tabs below.