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New Learning Support Coordinators to help in schools



The first tranche of the new education professionals who will help provide learning support to children in more than 1,000 schools and kura has now been allocated, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today.

“This Government is rebuilding our education system so that it is fair and meets the needs of all students, including the one in five who need extra support,” Tracey Martin said.

“The 623 new Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs) starting in January are an integral part of a more flexible and joined-up approach to learning support, called the Learning Support Delivery Model, which is already being implemented across New Zealand.

“The LSCs will work alongside teachers and with specialist providers and parents to ensure children and young people receive the support they need to learn. They will be fulltime, qualified teachers and focus on identifying the learning support that students need. Ministry of Education staff will then be responsible for accessing the supports and services that are required.

“The LSCs will not have other classroom teaching or management responsibilities and it is a funded role that is additional to the SENCOs that some schools currently have.

“Budget 2019 included an extra $217 million of operating funding over four years to cover the cost of the new positions.

“This first tranche of coordinators will work in the schools and clusters that are the most advanced in working within the Learning Support Delivery Model.

“An example is in the Ōtūmoetai Kāhui Ako (learning cluster) where the early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura have identified their local needs and resources and work with other agencies and providers to plan the support their children need.

“There are around 300,000 students covered in this initial allocation and there will be approximately one Learning Support Coordinator for every 500 students, though the allocation model recognises the different needs of various schools and regions including rural and urban dimensions.

“Coordinators may work across several smaller schools in the same cluster, or several LSCs may work in one very large school.

“I have ensured they will work in a wide range of different types of schools and settings, so we can test the new role in practice and make any necessary adjustments, before it is rolled out more widely in future years.

“To help schools ensure they have suitable working space for the coordinators, a new capital allocation of $95 million was also included in Budget 2019 to be spent once the placement of Learning Support Coordinators has been determined by schools and clusters.

“We have consistently heard that people place a high priority on having a dedicated learning support role in schools and this new workforce will be a game-changer for kids with learning needs,” Tracey Martin said.


Notes for Editors

Allocation of first tranche across student and school type:

Learning Support Coordinator roles623
Learning support clusters124
Total number of schools1,052
Rural schools350
Māori Medium kura28
Total number of students300,750
Māori students89,694
Pacific students34,701


The role:
• support students in schools and kura
• work with teachers and kaiako in schools and kura
• work with parents, family and whānau
• work with other LSCs across a cluster of schools and kura, and connect with the Ministry’s Learning Support Facilitator function and the Learning Support Delivery Model.
• work with the school or kura leadership team to plan support for all learners.

More detailed information about the allocation of Learning Support Coordinators and their role description is available on the Education Conversation website here: https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/learning-support-action-plan/learning-support-coordinators

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