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What are home-school partnerships?
Home–school partnerships are the shared relationships and initiatives through which the people who care for students in the home and community setting and the people who care for them in the school setting jointly promote the students’ learning and well-being. The students themselves are part of both these groups, which together make up the wider school community.
The home–school partnerships that schools form with their students’ families are varied and complex. Like any relationship, they can have both positive and negative effects. However, the home–school partnerships that research shows have the most positive effects are:
Characteristics of effective home–school partnerships
Click here to see ways in which the characteristics of effective home–school partnerships have been identified for different purposes by:
- the Ministry of Education
- a study of research literature
- the Education Review office.
Some effective initiatives
In New Zealand, certain approaches and strategies have been particularly successful in promoting students’ learning through home–school partnerships. Click here to find out about what initiatives have been effective.