15 April 2024

Assessment and monitoring using a team approach

Form a team, collaborate and gather evidence to understand your learners and their needs.

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Establish a team

Establish a team

Take a team approach to providing responsive support.

  • Be guided by the student and their whānau.
  • Involve your learning support coordinator or RTLB.
  • Identify and connect with colleagues who have relevant past experience.
  • Consider connecting to external expertise or agencies.

Take an inquiry approach

Take an inquiry approach

Develop a responsive evidenced-based process of working together that supports students' self advocacy.

  • Support the ākonga and whānau to lead and guide the conversation.
  • Work collaboratively to identify key learning goals, responsibilities and what success would look like.
  • Share concerns, questions, and ideas.
  • Consider ākonga strengths as well as barriers to learning.
  • Identify how solutions or strategies will be implemented, refined and reviewed.
  • Discuss how to assess learning in ways that work for the student.
  • Agree on how to stay in touch and share information.

Share information using digital tools

Share information using digital tools

John Robinson reflects on the value of sharing information using the school SMS and student e-portfolios.

Understand the effects of medication

Understand the effects of medication

The use of medication for ADHD can be a sensitive issue. 

Understand possible side effects so you know when to alert parents.

Medication may at times need to be reviewed.


Medication can:

  • decrease impulsivity, task jumping, and aggressiveness
  • increase compliance
  • improve handwriting and fine motor skills, social relationships, and short-term memory. 

Medication won’t:

  • increase intelligence
  • improve reading unless attention is the major issue
  • change a child’s personality
  • cause drug dependency.

 Side effects:

  • loss of appetite/mild weight loss
  • insomnia
  • tearfulness, being withdrawn or clingy (these could be signs that medication needs adjusting)
  • rebound behaviour – discuss with professionals.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Identify needs and how to provide support”:

Return to the guide “ADHD and learning”