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Check & Connect

Check & Connect: Te Hononga

Check & Connect: Te Hononga is a two-year, educational mentoring programme for students in years 9–11 at risk of disengaging from school.

Check & Connect was developed by the University of Minnesota in the late 1990s. It has a strong record of helping students to: 

  • improve their engagement and retention rates
  • develop a positive attitude to learning
  • increase their levels of problem solving
  • raise their academic performance.


Check & Connect - Introducing Check & Connect


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Introducing Check & Connect - transcript (PDF, 46 KB)


Check & Connect - Purposeful relationships


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Purposeful relationships - transcript (PDF, 47 KB)


Check & Connect - Continuity of support


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Continuity of support - transcript (PDF, 56 KB)


Check & Connect - Goal setting


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Goal setting - transcript (PDF, 46 KB)


Check & Connect - Mentor support


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Mentor support - transcript (PDF, 39 KB)


Check & Connect - Working together


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Working together - transcript (PDF, 46 KB)


Check & Connect - Working with families


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Working with families - transcript (PDF, 45 KB)


Check & Connect - And it works


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And it works – Transcript (PDF, 48 KB)


What is involved?

A school nominates students based on a number of risk indicators, including lateness to school and classes, incomplete homework, absenteeism.

Students accepted onto the programme are matched with a trained Check & Connect: Te Hononga mentor. The mentor works with the student to help them to set and achieve their educational goals over a minimum period of two years. This includes working with the student’s whānau/family and school, and other service providers who can help the student achieve their goals.

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