Date
14 April 2024

​Identify and plan how to meet students' learning support needs

Use a team approach to gather information, understand and respond to student needs, and plan and monitor the effectiveness of learning approaches.

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Get the right people around the table

Get the right people around the table

Establish a team with the knowledge and skills to support student learning and wellbeing, and set regular times to communicate.
  • ākonga
  • whānau
  • class or home room teachers
  • teacher aides
  • in-school learning support staff, for example, the Learning Support Coordinator, support worker, SENCO or dean
  • external Learning Support services, for example, RTLB, SLT, OT, BLENNZ
  • external specialists
  • other significant external support people, if appropriate, such as church or club leaders.

Deepen understanding of learning needs

Deepen understanding of learning needs

A culture of care depends on kaiako pre-empting or noticing when a child or group of learners may require specific support on their learning journey.

Make informed decisions

Make informed decisions

Analyse information from a variety of sources to identify student needs and coordinate support across the school.

  • Take a team approach to enrich understanding of data.
  • Design your information collection to include multiple perspectives, types of information and voices.
  • Include the learner, their whānau and wider support team as well as the Learning Support Coordinator, if you have one.
  • Use ethical means of data collection and seek approval when appropriate.
  • Maintain privacy of data and apply privacy policies when using sensitive information.
  • Make it easier to understand and share data, using graphs, charts and infographics.
  • Split data by groups to inform school resourcing or PLD needs.
  • Establish processes and timelines for reporting to groups such as the school board, whānau, students and other stakeholders.

Record and share information

Record and share information

John Robinson reflects on the value of using the SMS to share information about students between staff and using e-portfolios to share information with parents.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Strategically resourcing for inclusive practices”:

Return to the guide “Leading schools that include all learners ”

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