Date
22 February 2024

Develop independent living skills

Integrate living skills throughout the curriculum, so students develop their ability to live more independently.

Develop self-care and life skills

Develop self-care and life skills

Work with the student, their whānau and education team to prioritise and develop independent self-care and life skills.
  1. Work as a team to identify and prioritise skills, for example, at an IEP meeting.
  2. Break skills into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Create a step-by-step plan to develop skills.
  4. Monitor and review progress regularly.

Source: Adapted from 5 Tips On Teaching Self-Skills To Children With Special Needs – Special Ed Resource (opens in a new tab/window)

Use the School Leavers’ Toolkit

Use the School Leavers’ Toolkit

The School Leavers’ Toolkit has advice and resources on study, work and living for students who are leaving school.

Students can find out about:

  • what their study and training options are.
  • what to expect when it’s time to find a place of their own.
  • what is expected in the workplace.
  • how to budget, pay tax and save.
  • getting involved in government.
  • things that could affect their wellbeing.

For more information see School Leavers' Toolkit – Ministry of Education.

Support student advocacy

Support student advocacy

Help students to be able to talk about their needs and to advocate for themselves.

Support students to:

  • explain their learning needs and preferences to others.
  • describe teaching approaches and resources that may be barriers to learning.
  • understand and articulate their rights and how to advocate for them.
  • find out about, and access, available supports and resources.

Source: Adapted from Rowan, L. M. (2010). It’s not all black and white: The transition of students with dyslexia into the first year of university study. Massey University (page 94). (opens in a new tab/window)

Develop budgeting and money skills

Develop budgeting and money skills

Help students to learn to manage their money and make personal spending choices.

Develop independent mobility skills

Develop independent mobility skills

Help students to get around their local environment safely and get to and from places of work, study, leisure and recreation.

Familiarise students with: 

  • local destinations that are important for them.
  • using maps and digital tools to navigate to key locations such as the library.
  • using public transport options.
  • independently booking specialist taxi or travel services.
  • accessing specialised orientation and mobility services for eligible students with low vision or blindness.

For more information see Developmental orientation and Mobility services – BLENNZ.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

School Leavers’ Toolkit

Advice and resources for students on study, work and life after leaving school.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Visit website

Website

The Deaf Toolbox: NZSL

Videos giving useful information about everyday life situations. Topics include finding work, going flatting and health support.

Publisher: Attitude (NZ)

Visit website

Website

Sorted in Schools

Financial education activities and resources for schools and students.

Publisher: Retirement Commission

Visit website

Website

NZTA secondary curriculum resources

Road safety resources for teachers with students in years 9 and above, including Drivers Licence NCEA credits.

Publisher: New Zealand Transport Agency

Visit website

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Prepare students with future-focused skills”:

Return to the guide “Preparing students to leave school”

Top