Children with learning support needs have a right to attend their local school. Most children who need learning support will be in regular classes and the school will provide extra help.
Schools are funded to provide learning support
All schools and kura get government funding to support students who have learning or behaviour difficulties or need extra support.
Schools also can apply for funding for property modifications so that a student can take part in normal school activities.
Each school can decide how they use the funding. For example, they may use it to employ teacher’s aides or specialist teachers. Schools and kura can also use this funding to support children who are not receiving any other funding.
Check out these website pages for more information about the types of support available for school age children.
Applying for extra support
If your child needs extra support, your school or kura can help you apply for a specialist assessment or extra support. Or you can contact your local Ministry of Education office yourself.
Last updated on Thursday, 19 January 2023