Every child is a unique individual and has the right to receive the best possible educational opportunities in order to achieve their potential. Some students will require differentiated programmes beyond that normally provided in the regular classroom in order for them to do this.
We are committed at Parua Bay School to identifying students with additional learning needs and for providing educational opportunities to foster their development.
We will assist our students to become independent learners by ensuring that their learning needs are met through differentiated programmes in a responsive school environment.
Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) oversees all learning support programmes. These programmes are provided to support for the specific needs of individual learners, their whanau and teachers. We have a variety of support programmes including ACE (Accelerated Learning programme), Quick 60 reading, Early Words, Phonics programme, Lexia, Metacognition groups, and other individualised and group interventions for students who need extra support in reading, spelling and writing. A Resource teacher for Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) also works with our school SENCO to support learners where needed.
Individual Learning Plan (ILP) meetings are held three times a year to support students with additional needs. Teachers are released from class, and whanau and outside agencies are invited to attend. ILPs may however be held at alternative times if required. This is used as an opportunity to discuss learning strengths and weaknesses in order to identify goals and next steps for learning for tamariki.
Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s learning, please speak to their class teacher or the SENCO for ideas on how we can support them.