Learning support refers to the additional support some children and young people need to engage and achieve in education.
A new way to deliver learning support
We're phasing in a new way to deliver learning support.
The Learning Support Update is about improving the education system for children and students who need additional learning support.
Our learning support team helps schools, kura and early childhood services support the wellbeing of children and young people in their learning environments and communities. We want all children and young people to learn, experience a strong sense of belonging, and develop resilience.
Building positive learning environments that promote wellbeing works when the whole learning community, including families and whānau, is involved.
We use evidence-informed approaches to build capability and understanding amongst the people supporting the child or young person. We use resources and initiatives that help:
- build social and emotional competency and teach understanding, expression and regulation of the learner’s emotions
- foster a safe and caring school environment that limits bullying and aggressive behaviours
- grow positive and respectful relationships, and enable effective responses when things go wrong
- build student engagement and agency
- affirm the language culture and identity of ākonga Māori
- help educators and kaiako recognise and understand the strengths and needs of diverse learners
- provide guidance on best practice for implementing policies, procedures and systems that support social, emotional and mental wellbeing
- provide specialist services to schools when extra support is needed.
New Zealand Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
The Government has released the New Zealand Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. Its vision is for New Zealand to be the best place in the world for children and young people. Education will play an essential part in supporting the strategy and everyone in education has an important role in promoting and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.
Learning support is provided in the context of inclusive education.
Practical strategies, suggestions and resources are available to support the diverse needs of all learners.
Information for school leaders and teachers is available to help support inclusion and deliver an inclusive classroom curriculum.
The Inclusive Education website has teaching strategies for supporting children and students with learning support needs.
Learning support areas
Learning support is available in your local early childhood centre or school. It's provided to support students, educators families and whānau in a range of different ways.
More areas of learning support for students are listed in the Schools section of this website.
Programmes for parents and educators
Requests for learning support
Talk to your early learning service, school or local Ministry of Education Service Manager to discuss learning support options or to make a request for support (referral).
Early childhood and school enrolment
Students can access services in their local early learning service or school.
Other school options are also available.
Guidelines and resources
Contact your local office for more information or to make a request for support.
Freecall (NZ only): 0800 622 222
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