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Resource Teachers: Literacy

8 February 2001 Media Statement

Resource Teachers: Literacy

Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the schools which would host 121 new Resource Teachers of Literacy.

The teachers would be based at 86 schools from Kaitaia to Invercargill and would play a major part in the Government's efforts to tackle literacy among the very young, Trevor Mallard said.

The positions are a result of a $34.4 million initiative over four years to help children, mainly up to eight years old, who are most at risk of failing to read and write.

The 69 existing Resource Teachers of Reading will form the core of the new Resource Teachers: Literacy, with an additional 40 positions coming on stream during this term.

The remaining resource teachers will work within Maori Immersion settings.

“As promised the Government is committed to increasing the literacy skills of all students, and especially those in their earlier years,” said Trevor Mallard.

“The specialist Resource Teachers: Literacy (RT: Lits) will be available nationwide for teaching those children in years 0-8 who need more intensive teaching in reading and writing.

“Even with the best practice in the classroom, many of our children are at risk of failing to read and write, and they are the ones who will benefit from the work of these resource teachers."

Trevor Mallard said the Literacy Taskforce recognised that some pupils required intensive teaching if they were to have the opportunity to reach their potential, and it recommended to Government that there should be a nationally co-ordinated system of literacy interventions.

“The Government fully supports this view, hence the establishment of resource teachers of literacy.

“The 121 literacy specialists will provide expert support to teachers in developing their classroom reading and writing programmes, and they will work with those individual pupils in the primary sector who are the hardest to teach to read and write.”

“They will provide an itinerant resource that will give national coverage. All of these resource teachers will undergo a specific training programme at post graduate or post graduate certificate level, to ensure that all of the teachers who hold these positions are skilled in the latest strategies for literacy intervention.”

By Electorate and Ministry of Education Local Office

Electorate MoE area School # School Positions existing New Total
Northland Far North 1026 Kaitaia Primary 1 1

Northland Far North 1021 Kaikohe East Prim 1 1
Northland Far North 1051 Moerewa Primary 1 1

Whangarei Far north 1131 Whau Valley Prim 1 1 2
Rodney Auckland 1407 Orewa Primary 1 1
Waitakere Auckland 1432 Parakai Primary 1 1
North Shore Auckland 1525 Takapuna Primary 2 2
Albany Auckland 1481 Sherwood Primary 1 1
TeAtatu Auckland 1309 Henderson Primary 2 2
Te Atatu Auckland 1458 Ranui Primary 1 1 2

Mt Albert Auckland 1213 Avondale Primary 1 1 2
Epsom Auckland 1391 Newmarket Primary 1 1 2
Tamaki Auckland 1289 Glen Taylor Primary 2 2
Pakuranga Auckland 1466 Riverina Primary 2 2
Manurewa Auckland 1354 Manurewa Central Primary 2 2
Manukau East Auckland 1427 Papatoetoe
East Prim 3 3
Manukau East Auckland 6760 Sommerville Intermediate 1 1
Maungakiekie Auckland 1271 Fairburn Primary 2 2
Hunua Auckland 1434 Park Estate Primary 1 1
Port Waikato Auckland 1453 Pukekohe North Prim 1 1
Coromandel Hamilton 2027 Thames South Prim 1 1
Coromandel Hamilton 1827 Miller Ave Primary 1 1
Hamilton West Hamilton 2091 Whitiora Primary 3 3

Hamilton East Hamilton 1940 Silverdale Normal 1 1
Karapiro Hamilton 1719 Firth Primary 1 1
Karapiro Hamilton 1893 Pekerau Primary 1 1
Taupo Hamilton 1974 Tainui Full Primary 1 1
Taupo Hamilton 1740 Hilltop Primary 1 1
Rotorua Hamilton 1724 Glenholme Primary 2 2
Rotorua Hamilton 1767 Kawerau Central School 1 1
Tauranga Hamilton 1838 Mt Maunganui Primary 1 1
Tauranga Hamilton 1992 Gate Pa Primary 1 1
Bay of Plenty Hamilton 2016 Te Puke Primary 1 1
Bay of Plenty Hamilton 1684 Apanui Primary 1 1
Taranaki King Country Hamilton 1876 Otorohanga Primary 1 1
Taranaki King Country Hamilton 2040 Turaki Primary 1 1
Taranaki King Country Wanganui 2244 Stratford Primary 1 1
Rangitikei Wanagnui 2458 Taihape Primary 1 1
Rangitikei Wanganui 2389 Lytton Street Prim 1 1
Rangitikei Wanganui 2396 Marton Junction Primary 1 1
New Plymouth Wanganui 2232 Spotswood Primary 1 1
New Plymouth Wanganui 2167 Fitzroy Primary 1 1
Whanganui Wanganui 2226 Ramanui Primary 1 1
Whanganui Wanganui 2345 Carlton Primary 1 1
Palmerston North Wanganui 2466 Terrace End Primary 1 1
Palmerston North Wanganui 2418 Central Normal PN 1 1
Otaki Wanganui 3032 Taitoko Primary 1 1
Otaki Lower Hutt 2939 Otaki Primary 1 1
East Coast Lower Hutt 2597 Mangapapa Primary 1 1 2
East Coast Lower Hutt 2577 Hillneath Primary 1 1

Tukituki Lower Hutt 2569 Hastings Central Primary 1 1
Tukituki Lower Hutt 2548 Camberley Primary 1 1
Tukituki Lower Hutt 2723 Waipawa Primary 1 1
Napier Lower Hutt 2628 Onekawa Primary 2 2
Wairarapa Lower Hutt 2742 Woodville Primary 1 1
Wairarapa Lower Hutt 2907 Masterton Central Primary 1 1
Waiarapa Lower Hutt 2850 Greytown Primary 1 1
Mana Lower Hutt 3074 Windley
Primary 2 2
Rimutuka Lower Hutt 3053 Upper Hutt Primary 1 1
Hutt South Lower Hutt 3066 Waiwhetu School 1 1
South Lower Hutt 3058 Wainuiomata
Intermediate 1 1
Wellington Central
Lower Hutt 2918 Mt Cook Primary 1 1
Wellington Central Lower Hutt 3040 Thorndon
School 1 1
Rongotai Lower Hutt 2892 Lyall Bay Primary 1 1
West Coast Tasman CH-CH 3206 Motueka South Primary 1 1

West Coast Tasman CH-CH 3236 Westport South Prim 1 1
West Coast Tasman CH-CH 3361 Greymouth Primary 1 1
West Coast Tasman CH-CH 3376 Hokitika Primary 1 1
Nelson CH-CH 3209 Nelson Central Primary 1 1
Kaikoura CH-CH 3071 Whitney Primary 1 1
Kaikoura CH-CH 3391 Kaikoura Primary 1 1
Kaikoura CH-CH 3566 Waiau Primary 1 1
Waimakariri CH-CH 3389 Kaiapoi North Primary 1 1
ChCh Central CH-CH 3317 Ch-ch East
Primary 3 3
ChCh East CH-Ch 3286 Avondale Primary 1 1
Wigram CH-CH 3588 West Spreydon Primary 1 1
Ilam CH-CH 3305 Burnside Primary 1 1
Rakaia CH-CH 3326 Darfield Primary 1 1

Rakaia CH-CH 3282 Ashburton Intermediate 1 1
Aoraki CH-CH 3558 Timaru Main Prim 1 1
Waitaki Dunedin 3785 Oamaru North Prim 1 1
Dunedin North Dunedin 3706 Arthur Street Prim 3 3
Clutha South land Dunedin 3710 Balcutha Primary 1 1
Clutha Southland Dunedin 3956 Gore Main Primary 1 1
Invercargill Dunedin 3948 Elston Lea Primary 1 1
Invercargill Dunedin 3966 Invercargill Middle 1 1
Invercargill Dunedin 4047 Waverley Park Primary 1 1

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