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If you are interested in finding out more about this resource/programme, please forward your query through our PB4L mailbox at: PB4L@education.govt.nz.

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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.


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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Download interactive PDFs of activity templates, forms, and checklists

The interactive PDFs below will allow you to create and complete your own electronic versions of forms and tools from the manual. Type into the fillable fields (which are coloured on screen but print as they appear in the manual), and then save the document as a record, to work on in the future, or to email to others. {Print the PDFs to hard copy records of what you’ve typed or if you would prefer to create handwritten versions. 

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