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The Disability and Learning Support Action Plan will build on the new Learning Support Delivery Model.

The Learning Support Delivery Model

A new way of delivering learning support has been developed in response to feedback from parents and whānau, and groups in the disability and education sectors. It draws on international best practice, including Finland, Australia, USA, Scotland, England and Singapore.

This model is being phased in with the Ministry’s regional offices working with groups of early learning services, schools, providers and communities to strengthen inclusion and modernise how learning support is delivered.

The new model has six key elements:

  1. a known contact point for family and whānau – someone they know they can go to for information and support.
  2. a single plan that provides joined up support to meet each child or young person’s needs
  3. schools, kura, early learning services and ngā kōhanga reo working together with specialists, iwi and providers to identify what their community needs and set priorities
  4. more flexibility to create tailored support that is innovative and responsive
  5. facilitation to bring together local education and service providers to work collaboratively
  6. sharing data so that services can work together to support individual students and get a clear picture of local needs and resources across a community.

Read more about the Learning Support Delivery Model.

Learning Support Facilitator

This is a function currently funded by the Ministry of Education and carried out by existing staff as part of the Learning Support Delivery Model.

Working across a group of schools and early learning services or a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako, the Learning Support Facilitator connects disability and learning support services and other government agencies in the community to tailor support for individual students. They also work with providers and services to share data and identify patterns of need across groups of early learning services and schools, Kāhui Ako and communities.

A new role

We propose to build on this approach by introducing a school-based learning support coordinator role. This role will work closely with the Learning Support Facilitator. They will simplify the system and make it easier for families and whānau to access services, and build skills in schools and early learning services.

A proposed new role: Learning Support Coordinators

The Learning Support Coordinator will be a primary contact for parents and whānau and support them to work with their school.

The LSC role is a new role. It is not intended to replace special education needs coordinators (SENCOs). Schools may choose to retain SENCOs if they wish. LSCs will work alongside teachers as part of a school or kura team that includes SENCOs where SENCOs are retained by the school or kura.

Based in a school or kura, the Learning Support Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the school or kura to build capability and knowledge amongst teachers.

They will connect with early learning services to smooth the move from early learning to primary school. They will also lead and coordinate support for students.

We are consulting on the nature and responsibilities of the role, taking into account school settings in urban and rural environments.