Date
29 May 2023

Provide options for students to create, learn and share

Provide flexible options and tools so ākonga can show their learning and share with others.

Enable students to personalise learning

Enable students to personalise learning

Provide opportunities for students to learn in ways that suit their needs and preferences.

  • Create opportunities where students can personalise learning tasks and projects to build on their culture, knowledge, experience and strengths.
  • Discuss with students the different ways they can share their thinking and demonstrate understanding.
  • Develop success criteria with the students and present them with clear visual supports.
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain confidence using a range of media so they can select the most appropriate to express their learning.
  • Offer a flexible learning environment with a variety of seating and working spaces.
  • Offer a reader-writer or assistive technologies to support success in assessments.

Provide quiet work spaces

Provide quiet work spaces

Provide quiet working spaces alongside collaborative spaces. Support the use of silencer headphones and the option of listening to music.

Use technology tools

Use technology tools

Ben Britton from Wellington High School explains how digital technologies are used to create an inclusive environment for students.

Personalise assessments

Personalise assessments

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in assessments.

Personalise learning and assessment.

  • Create timelines, expectations and NCEA programmes in collaboration with the student, their whānau and their learning support team.
  • Design learning and assessment programmes to  meet the unique needs of each student.

Identify assessment formats and digital technologies to accurately measure the student’s learning using their strengths. Options depend on purpose and formal assessment criteria but may include:

  • Write using paper and pen
  • Write using a keyboard and digital supports such as spell checking and dictionary options 
  • Write using voice typing
  • Create visuals or graphics
  • Create multimedia books or slides
  • Create videos or animations
  • Create audio recordings or podcasts
  • Timed, untimed and on demand tests.

Identify Special Assessment Conditions needs

Identify Special Assessment Conditions needs

Identify Special Assessment Conditions needs for NCEA assessments.

  • Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) can provide extra help for otherwise capable students to address barriers to achievement in assessments for NCEA or New Zealand Scholarship.
  • For example, large unfamiliar group settings might impair performance for students with sensory sensitivities and concentration difficulties.

Special Assessment Conditions application – NZQA

Support external assessments

Support external assessments

Support students to successfully show their learning in external assessments.
  • Offer students mock or practice assessments so they know what to expect and can become familiar with formats and assessment environments.
  • Identify possible barriers in the physical environment, for example, unfamiliar room layout, lighting, or temperature.
  • Support time management with visual timers and calendar tools.
  • Teach and practise approaches to managing anxiety, such as mindfulness, positive self-talk, and identify solutions to anticipated problems prior to an assessment.
  • Pre-teaching specific assessment or exam skills, such as how to approach multiple choice questions.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13 ”:

Return to the guide “Autism and learning”

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