Learning Support and SENCo

Being a smaller school, we pride ourselves in smaller class sizes where not much goes unnoticed. All of our teachers know all students really well and can easily adapt things to respond to the learning needs.

Teachers track all students progress and use the data to inform next learning steps as per Visible Learning. Regular "Puzzle of Practice" monitoring meetings are interactions between teachers and enhance collaborative problem solving to inform student’s learning. Teacher Inquiry is day to day work of the team and not a special once off project.

We are trialling a Sensory Room where some students can go for one-to-one tuition or as a calming place to learn.

Priority learners are tracked on The Ngakuru Priority Learners Doc (NPL). Teachers and teacher aides work closely together to cater for their learning needs.

We have in class Teacher Aides who provide support to our students as well other agencies that are used to support children with special needs.

A full range of support services offered by the Ministry of Education to schools can be found here:

We have a number of students who are achieving at very high levels and these are tracked using The Ngakuru Extension Learners Doc. These children are challenged in other ways to make sure they are achieving their personal best.

Special Ed Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

We have a dedicated SENCO in our school.

The SENCO has a critical role to play in ensuring that children with special educational needs and disabilities within a school receive the support they need.

The type of responsibilities a SENCO has are:

Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy.

  • Supporting the identification of children with special educational needs.
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with SEN.
  • Liaising with parents of children with SEN.
  • Liaising with other providers, outside agencies, educational psychologists and external agencies.
  • Ensuring that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date.

CoL Learning Support Register

We have set up a Learning Support Register with the Central Community of Learning. Each school has the responsibility to enter students of concern. This is to see where the greatest needs are within our Kahui Ako and what Central Govt PLD funding we need to be applying for.

Outside Agencies and some support we can access and apply for:

ORS (Ongoing Resource Scheme)

ICS (In Class Support)

Behaviour Programme Support Funding

RTLB (Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour)

SLT (Speech and Language)

OT (Occupational Therapist)