Spe­cial needs ed­u­ca­tion staff wel­comed

Waipa Post - - News -

The Govern­ment will fund 600 ded­i­cated staff in pri­mary and sec­ondary schools to sup­port chil­dren with spe­cial learn­ing needs such as dys­lexia, autism, phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties and be­havioural prob­lems. It’s be­ing de­scribed as a big and much-needed win by the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

The staff would work along­side teach­ers, par­ents and oth­ers to give stu­dents in­di­vid­u­alised sup­port. Cur­rently schools have spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion needs co-or­di­na­tors, of­ten just a few hours a week with fund­ing al­lo­cated by the board of trustees.

The new learn­ing sup­port co-or­di­na­tors will be a ded­i­cated full-time job by a reg­is­tered teacher and 600 will be em­ployed from as early as 2020. The aim is to at least dou­ble that num­ber for one in ev­ery ur­ban school and ac­cess to one for ev­ery ru­ral school.

Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Arder­nan­nounced the change to the Labour con­fer­ence on Sun­day.

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