Special needs education staff welcomed
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.