Tūturu helps NZ schools to implement school-wide changes that improve the wellbeing of their students and develops their critical thinking.
The first focus area of Tūturu is reducing alcohol and other drug-related harm in ways that promote student engagement and wellbeing.
This is how we will prepare students to live healthy and successful lives in a world where alcohol and other drugs exist.
The resources on this site can help you give the best
opportunities to your students. You can:
Download teaching and assessment resources for English, Mathematics, Geography, and Health classes
Find out how to take a step-by-step approach to implement Tuturu in your school
Start building on your school's approach today
Complete our online training for school Board of Trustees or for health services wanting to support school students
Read the Tūturu independent evaluation
Want to know more about how to talk to young people about alcohol and other drugs? Check out the Did You Know series
Ultimately, we want all students to have the health knowledge, values, and competencies (such as critical thinking) that they need to live in a modern world. This means that our learning contexts need to reflect what students experience - to help them make sense of what they see and hear in the world around them.
It takes time for students to connect what they learn with their lives. It is also more challenging for them to do that when other parts of the school or their out-of-school lives don't reflect what they are learning.
There are things schools and health services can do together to help students learn and be well, and that is what the Tūturu approach is about.
Click on the image below to zoom in, and identify where your school is at.
Tūturu began its development in 2016, and the New Zealand Council for Educational Research completed an evaluation in 2020 - highlighting that Tūturu "changed the focus from punitive to pastoral."
The Tūturu approach and all its resources were developed, trialed, and refined by New Zealand schools and health services. This thorough process helped us to understand what helps to keep students learning and healthy.
This image shows who was involved in developing Tūturu.
Our resources have been created together with our networks of experienced professionals in health and education, including teachers and youth service providers, to give clear, concise and consistent advice that can help you to effectively support student wellbeing.
We believe it’s important to build on things that are working without adding time and pressure to your busy schedule. That’s why our resources can be used both individually to help schools develop particular aspects of their work, or collectively to support a school-wide approach.
We are committed to evidence-based information, and have put in place rigorous oversight and evaluation. This means a strong governance group to oversee Tūturu, including representatives from the Ministries of Health and Education, the Health Promotion Agency and NZ Police. Continual evaluation of our development is also supported by New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Our focus begins here because we know that alcohol and other drugs:
By ensuring that the interventions we use match the needs of the people we are targeting, we can help all students learn the skills they need to live healthy and successful lives, and provide extra support for the students who need them.
People learn through progressive exposure to new skills and ideas, and this works best when we align:
Change takes time and schools are busy places. These steps, and the Tūturu resources, help to make the process more manageable. These will help you to build two pathways:
A progressive learning pathway - which provides opportunities for students to develop critical thinking skills, using learning contexts that reflect real life.
A progressive support pathway - which identifies students whose attendance or achievement is slipping, and offers proactive support.
Using the Tūturu reflection and planning resources
Once the foundational steps are completed, you can now choose where to focus. The Tūturu approach weaves and strengthens these areas:
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