Introducing Learning Support Coordinators in schools and kura is a key priority in the Action Plan, to improve the way we support the learning needs of children and young people.
This is a new, fully funded and dedicated role. Learning Support Coordinators will:
Funding of $217 million was allocated in Budget 2019 for the first tranche of Learning Support Coordinators to start from January 2020.
The first 623 Learning Support Coordinators have been allocated to 124 learning support clusters, covering 1052 schools and kura. There will be approximately one Learning Support Coordinator for every 500 students in the cluster.
Learning Support Coordinators will be an integral part of a more flexible and joined-up approach to learning support, the Learning Support Delivery Model. For this reason, they will be working in all the schools and clusters that are the most advanced in using this approach.
This first allocation also provides an opportunity to test the new role in a wide range of different types of schools and settings, before more Learning Support Coordinators are allocated in future years.
We will work with the education and disability sectors, parents and whānau to ensure the role is successful and the necessary systems, guidance and processes are in place.
We've collated a list of learning support resources:
Learning Support Toolkit
On 20 December 2019 the Ministry of Education confirmed that the Networking Grant paid to employing schools would increase from $500.00 per annum for each FTTE LSC to $1500 per annum.
Tables showing the allocation of the first Learning Support Coordinators and associated Travel and Networking Grant across clusters and schools are available here:
Tranche 1 LSC allocation and TN Grant Auckland [PDF 511KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation and TN Grant Bay of Plenty [PDF 495KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation and TN Grant Canterbury [PDF 489KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation and TN Grant Hawke's Bay [PDF 477KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation and TN Grant Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast [PDF 458KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation and TN Grant Otago, Southland [PDF 497KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation and TN Grant Tai Tokerau [PDF 465KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation and TN Grant Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū [PDF 469KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation and TN Grant Waikato [PDF 498]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation and TN Grant Wellington [PDF 486KB]
Learning Support Coordinators - Role Description [PDF 508KB]
The guide to the Learning Support Coordinator role has been issued as a draft. If you would like to provide feedback on the draft guide, please send it to Lsap.Mailbox@education.govt.nz with “Guide Feedback” in the subject line, by 8 April 2020.
We will finalise and publish the guide in Term 2 of 2020.
A comprehensive set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that includes information on the Learning Support Coordinator role, how allocations were made, and operational information on establishing the LSC role in schools.
New content about managing changes to Learning Support Clusters is available on pages 14 - 16.
Further information on the Learning Support Coordinator role allocation can be found on education.govt.nz.