School children and students with learning support needs
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The government gives all schools and kura a Special Education Grant to support students with learning support needs.
Each school can decide how they use the grant. For example, they may use it to employ teacher’s aides or specialist teachers.
Schools and kura can also use this grant to support children who are not receiving any other funding.
Learning support services schools can apply for
If your child needs a specialist assessment or extra support, your school or kura can help you apply for learning support services.
- These services are government funded and free.
- Your child will need to meet the Ministry’s criteria for each service.
- Some services may not be available in your area.
The type of support they can apply for includes:
Speech and language support
Speech-language therapy for children aged 5 to 8 years who find it hard to talk, listen and understand language.
Behaviour and learning support
Incredible Years Parenting Programme
For parents of children aged 3 to 8 years old with behaviour problems.
Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour
For students in years 1 to 10 with learning and behaviour difficulties.
Behaviour Services and Support
For students in years 1 to 10 with extreme and ongoing behaviour difficulties.
For children with severe behavioural and learning needs or high educational, social and emotional needs.
Specialised equipment and technology for students with extra learning needs to help them take part in activities and learn.
Physical Disability Service
Physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help children with physical disabilities to join in and learn at school.
Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)
Teacher’s aide, specialist and funding support for children with extreme or severe difficulty with learning, speaking, communicating socially, hearing, seeing or moving about.
Day Special Schools
Specialist teaching for students in Years 1 to 13 who have high needs and are in a regular school.
Vision and hearing support
Resource Teachers: Vision
Specialist teachers for children or students who are blind or have low vision.
Resource Teachers: Deaf
Specialist teachers for children or students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Residential Special Schools
For students who are blind or have low vision; or students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Regional Health Schools
Teachers for children, at home or in hospital, who are too sick to go to school.
School High Health Needs Fund
Teacher's aide support for children with a serious medical condition and who need help to attend school or kura safely.
Visit the Ministry of Education website to find out about:
Services for students with learning support needs
Search for support services near you that can assist with educational needs or support.