Special Education

The Learning Support team tutor children and teenagers using a variety of methods such as Multilit (Making Up for Lost Time in Literacy,) Fast forward, Agility with Sound, Early Words, Phonics and a group reading programme designed by our local Resource Teacher of Literacy. The team work alongside pupils in classrooms and also tutor pupils using intensive short term interventions. Some of the special education team are assigned for the majority of their teaching week to pupils with high needs funded through the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme, or High Learning Needs or Learning Support Funding from the RTLB service. Others are involved in a mentoring role with senior high school pupils helping them meet assessment deadlines and presentation of assignments.

Throughout the year we refer pupils to the RTLB service, CAFLink, Speech Language Therapist's, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and on a fee paying basis to the behavioural optometrist and various educational psychologists.

The Learning Support team are also involved organising the Perceptual Motor Programme for Junior Primary students to help enhance neurological development.

The Learning Support team met on a weekly basis to discuss pupil progress, modify teaching techniques and consider recommendations for future interventions.

One of our staff has responsibility for the Reading Recovery programme, organises colleague and tutor visits and is an active member of the Reading Recovery professional development cluster.

The heads of primary/secondary also meet throughout the year to compile names and test results, and also to administer additional tests and submit applications to NZQA for Special Assessment Conditions.


Ross Nicholson (Head of Department)


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Alison Dawson (Teacher)


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Aimee Peterson (Teacher)


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