Learning Support & Special Needs
Where a student has special needs or an identified learning need, then support can be provided by a variety of ways which include: accessing teacher aide support within classes; following an individualised or modified learning programme which may be considered in the context of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting; participation in SPEC and ‘Te Kura’ (Correspondence) life skills and maths programmes which are incorporated into learning programmes. These courses offer alternative pathways for students to gain credits on the NZQA framework; participation in various activities within the community such as the Waitaki Community Gardens, RDA, Waitaki Resource Recovery Park; careful monitoring of all students to regularly assess their needs and to liaise with staff within school to ensure that individual needs are being met.
Various local and regional support agencies are accessed and provide valuable support to our students. Appropriate transition to high school and then facilitating transition opportunities for life beyond school remains a key focus for many of our students.