August 02, 2019
First schools for learning support named
While Māori medium kura make up just 28 of the 1052 schools included in the first phase of the new learning support system, about a third of the 300,000 students who will be covered are Māori.
Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin says the 623 new learning support coordinators starting in January will be an integral part of a more flexible and joined-up approach to learning support.
The coordinators, who will be will be fulltime, qualified teachers, will work alongside teachers and with specialist providers and parents to identify the support students need.
Ministry of Education staff will then be responsible for accessing the support and services that are required.
Ms Martin says the first tranche of coordinators will work in the schools and clusters that are the most advanced in working within the Learning Support Delivery Model, such as the Otumoetai Kāhui Ako learning cluster where the early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura have identified local needs and resources and work with other agencies and providers to plan support.
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