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Tawhai School


Learning support

In co-operation with parents, family and whanau, Tawhai School provides quality education for children with high special education needs.

Tawhai School provides a wide range of programmes to support the learning needs of children. To ensure the best possible teaching and learning for these children programmes for students requiring extra learning support are under the direction of the Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCO) team.

SENCO team and responsibilities

  • Sharon Boese – coordinates teacher aide timetables, ORS, working with outside support agencies, overseeing individual education programmes (IEP), providing support and guidance to teachers
  • Matt Skilton – Behaviour management, Student mentoring programme, Gifted and Talented programme
  • Karen Poole – Learning Support (group learning)

Special Needs

The whole school embraces our philosophy on inclusive education. In co-operation with parents, family and whanau we provide quality educational programmes for children with high special education needs through:

  • Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) written twice a year with parents/caregivers
  • specialist one to one intervention
  • appropriate adaptation of curriculum content
  • daily special education support in the classroom
  • specialist teacher contact time

Learning Support

The school provides support and assistance for children identified as requiring additional support with their learning. Trained teachers or teacher aides work with individuals or small groups. The school supports this through the provision of programmes and spaces such as:

Reading recovery (located next to room 11)

This programme supports a limited number of 6 year old children who have difficulty with Reading. These students receive a half hour daily lesson with a qualified Reading Recovery teacher until they achieve approximately the normal level. If this is not achieved, they remain in the programme for up to 20 school weeks when they are generally referred to another learning support system.

Group learning support (room 12 or Library)

We employ teacher aides to work with individuals or small groups. This is to provide extra support for students needing support with their reading, writing or maths.

Parent tutor reading (between rooms 3 and 4)

Trained volunteers support students struggling with reading. Students are timetabled to receive regular opportunities to improve fluency, comprehension and to develop a love for reading.

Buddy reading programme

Senior students are paired up with a reluctant junior reader. The purpose of the programme is to encourage a love of reading for both students and to allow the younger readers to feel a sense of accomplishment while they build fluency.

Maths support

From Year 3-6 students are grouped according to ability and readiness in maths. Assessment information is used to identify key next learning steps. Students who require extra support receive the benefits of being in a class with lower student numbers.

At Tawhai we also encourage supports provided by outside agencies. Such as speech and language, resource teaching for and learning and behaviour (RTLB).

Starting school

Heath says…

I found school a bit scary on my first day but I like it now.