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Tapasā FAQs

What is Tapasā?

Tapasā: cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners is a new resource for teachers of Pacific learners.

How was Tapasà developed?

The Ministry of Education has developed Tapasā through consultation with Pacific teachers, academics, experts, families and communities as part of the Pasifika Education Plan intention to realise the full potential of Pacific learners. The Education Council will now lead the implementation of Tapasā.

How is Tapasā organised?

Tapasā is written around three turu, or competencies that form the basis of a framework. 

Turu 1: Identities, languages and cultures
Demonstrates awareness of the diverse and ethnic-specific identities, languages and cultures of Pacific learners.

Turu 2: Collaborative and respectful relationships and professional behaviours
Establishes and maintains collaborative and respectful relationships and professional behaviours that enhance learning and wellbeing for Pacific learners.

Turu 3: Effective pedagogies for Pacific learners
Implements pedagogical approaches that are effective for Pacific learners.

Within each turu, progressive indicators describe competencies across the stages of a teacher’s career. These are aligned to Standards for the Teaching Profession and Tātaiako.

How does Tapasā relate to the Standards for the Teaching Profession?

The Standards for the Teaching Profession (Our Standards) describe effective teaching practices across all education settings. It is expected that in each setting, teachers and professional leaders will work together to interpret, contextualise and refine their own understandings of what each standard looks like as quality practices in their place. For many teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand, Tapasā will be a key resource for this process by providing a Pacific learner lens to Our Standards.

How does Tapasā relate to the Code for Professional Responsibility?

The Code of Professional Responsibility (Our Code) outlines the expectations for every teacher as a member of this profession. It also identifies teachers’ commitments to the profession, learners, families and whānau and society. Tapasā can support teachers to understand and explain Our Code commitments in support of Pacific learners, their families, whānau and communities.

How does Tapasā fit with Tātaiako?

Tapasā concentrates on effective teaching practice for Pacific learners whereas Tātaiako outlines effective teaching practice for Māori learners.  Both Tapasā and Tātaiako are designed to support culturally responsive practice beneficial to all learners.

Would Tapasā be used in appraisal?

Tapasā could be used in appraisal when teachers have Pacific learners. It could inform teachers’ work around the development and implementation of their goals or inquiries.  It could also be used to inform evidence based appraisal conversations to deepen teachers’ and appraisers’ understandings about the relationship between teaching practices and outcomes for Pacific learners.

How would teachers get started using Tapasā?

The turu of Tapasā could be explored collegially to strengthen teachers’ understanding, skills and knowledge when teaching Pacific learners. There are guiding questions and case studies to support teachers in developing their practice.

At the Education Council, we will feature resources and professional learning opportunities that will assist in integrating Tapasā into teaching practice.

We are working alongside expert teachers to co-create this support. We will share best practice from around the profession, at all levels from early childhood upwards. The Tapasà webpage will be updated as we develop further professional learning support.

How can I get a copy?

Tapasā has been distributed by the Ministry of Education to all settings.

It is now also available to view and download on our here.