New action plan and additional resources to strengthen learning support
The Learning Support Action Plan 2019-2025 was launched on 26 July by Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin at Green Bay High School in Auckland.
Minister Martin also announced additional funding of $29.6 million over four years, to respond to population and demand growth for learning support.
The Action Plan sets out six priority areas for the period 2019-25. These are the priorities that will make the biggest improvements to learning support, from early learning through to the end of secondary school:
- introduce the first tranche of Learning Support Coordinators in schools and kura
- develop new screening tools to strengthen the early identification of learning support needs
- strengthen early intervention
- design and implement a flexible set of services and supports for neurodiverse children and young people
- better meet the learning needs of gifted children and young people
- improve education for children and young people at risk of disengaging.
The Action Plan builds on the new approach to providing learning support that is being implemented across New Zealand following significant consultation. The new Learning Support Coordinators will play a key role from next year.
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