It provides a clear view of what learners, and those that support them, have identified as critical to learner success, in one easy-to-understand reference for Te Pūkenga network.
Te Pūkenga Learner Journey and Experience team recently finalised a Te Rito Outcomes Framework - an important piece of work that brings together Te Rito research conducted last year. It provides a clear view of what learners, and those that support them, have identified as critical to learner success, in one easy-to-understand reference for Te Pūkenga network.
The framework can inform actions plans and decision-making across the network. It will be of particular use when considering how best to advance equity and inclusion and support successful outcomes for learners.
The three Te Rito research reports analysed over 3,000 narratives from learners, support staff and community partners. The reports identified 74 opportunities that were thematically united then used to create a representative range of learner personas.
Since the launch of the reports, Te Pūkenga has received requests for a simplified framework to help the network gain a clear, single-minded view of equity efforts for priority learners. To further help, the framework identifies four focus areas; enabled learning environments, focus on whānau-centred wellbeing, equitable access and learner voice.
While the framework helps provide clarity around initiatives, it is part of an interim approach, designed to serve until a 10-year ‘Learner with their Whānau Equity Success Strategy’ is developed. However, the Learner Journey and Experience team are, even while working on the Strategy, also running projects to pilot and test interventions, engagement models and action plans designed to benefit learners, such as new digital tools to check-in on wellbeing and mentorship programmes.
Simone Andersen, Kaikōkiri Director Learner & Whānau Engagement at Te Pūkenga, says of the framework, “It’s not intended to be prescriptive, there is freedom within the framework. It’s more of a useful tool to channel mahi in ways that facilitate the outcomes that learners are seeking. It is useful within Te Pūkenga and the network to check that initiatives and projects are well-matched to learner needs, especially those of traditionally underserved priority learners.”
She further comments that “Excellent equity work” is already happening across the network, and this framework intends to highlight and potentially scale-up best practice.