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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:

  • build the capability of kaiako and teachers
  • identify and plan for the learning support needs of all children and young people in the school or kura, including those with moderate needs
  • be available to support learners, and their parents and whanau. The intention is that they will simplify the system, so it’s easier for them to access services.

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.

Tables showing the allocation of the first Learning Support Coordinators across clusters and schools are available here:

Tranche 1 LSC allocation Auckland [PDF 400KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation Bay of Plenty [PDF 386KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation Canterbury [PDF 384KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation Hawkes Bay [PDF 383KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast [PDF 376KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation Otago, Southland [PDF 398KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation Tai Tokerau [PDF 373KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu [PDF 380KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation Waikato [PDF 387KB]
Tranche 1 LSC allocation Wellington [PDF 389KB]

Read the role description for Learning Support Coordinators

Learning Support Coordinators Role Description [PDF 508KB]

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.

Learning Support Coordinator FAQs [PDF 569KB]

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.