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Effective teaching for Pasifika students

Kia orana. Fakaalofa lahi atu. Mālō e lelei.Tālofa lava. Talofa ni.

Research highlights aspects of teaching that lift the achievement of Pasifika students.

Effective schools have high quality teaching practices. These practices motivate, challenge, and are responsive to Pasifika learners. They are shaped by strong, mutually respectful, teacher-student relationships.


Effective schools also have processes of inquiry that are linked across all school systems and practices. These all work together to focus on raising Pasifika students’ achievement. Strong home-school connections are another key attribute of effective schools. These involve and value parents in ways that impact on Pasifika students’ motivation and academic achievement.   

High expectations

Effective teachers set high expectations and academic challenges. They provide their Pasifika learners with the kinds of support they need to take risks and be critical and engaged.

Newly arrived Pasifika students are helped by having the kinds of information and support they need to develop the knowledge and skills required for local schooling. There is no evidence that having two or more languages is a barrier to high success either at primary or secondary level.

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This section of the site provides links to student-focused information and resources to support effective teaching for Pasifika students.

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These illustrate how some schools are effective in addressing the teaching and learning needs of their Pasifika students in ways that raise their achievement.
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