The Learning Support Update Pilot

Making changes to learning support is complex and we know we need to get it right. So we’re going to start small by running the Learning Support Pilot in the Bay of Plenty - Waiariki region for Term 1, 2017.

Throughout the pilot, we’ll test, measure and evaluate our improvements so we can successfully take our service improvements nationwide, later in 2017.

We’ll look to transition learners who are already receiving support, once the improvements are running nationwide.

Who will be part of the Learning Support Pilot?

All children and young people (0 – 18 years) who seek learning support in the Bay of Plenty - Waiariki area will be included as part of the Learning Support Pilot.

Children and young people who already receive learning support, whether they live in the Bay of Plenty - Waiariki region or nationwide, won’t be affected by pilot and the services they currently receive will remain the same.

How can Bay of Plenty - Waiariki families take part in the Pilot?

We’ll let families in the Bay of Plenty - Waiariki region know how to take part in the Learning Support Pilot in the near future.

In the meantime, if you are seeking learning support for your child and they aren’t already receiving learning support services, contact 0800 622 222.

We will work closely with parents and whānau

Working with parents and whānau is vital to the success of the Learning Support Update.

We will enable opportunities for parents and whānau to co-design and be involved in developing tailored and dedicated solutions for their children. By dedicating a lead practitioner to every learner, parents will have one point of contact and will be able to gather more information, ask questions and raise any concerns, every step of the way.

A single point of access

We’ll set up a single point of contact for parents, whānau and schools to get learning support. This will also help make transitions (from ECE to school) and when kids move schools much easier.

At the moment, students with additional learning needs get support from schools in the first instance, and by the Ministry where more intensive specialist support is needed. But parents have told us this can create confusion about where to go for support. For access to Ministry specialist services, parents have to apply separately for each service, which can also seem like a series of hurdles.

Local Learning Support Teams

Together with the wider education sector, we’ll establish local Learning Support Teams to assess each learner’s needs and agree on the kind of support they need. The team will also provide parents and whānau with some immediate steps to take, and develop a local learning support plan with them.

A Lead Practitioner 

A Lead Practitioner will be the single point of contact for everyone involved. They will also make sure learning support plans are set up, adjusted and reviewed as needed.

The collection of individual student data related to learning support and achievement

Understanding how the support we provide is making a difference for learners is really important.

Over time, we’ll gather information on the successes and achievements of all learners, so we’re able to build on them and ensure the services we provide are right for them.

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