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Induction

On appointment, time is allocated for induction. This process will take place within one or two months of the RTLB taking up the position and prior to the appointee taking sole responsibility for casework.  Induction includes familiarisation with the cluster needs analysis and strategic plan. 

The cluster’s operational document will contain an induction section detailing the process.

Roles

  • The lead kura/school board ensures an induction process is in place for appointees.
  • The cluster manager is responsible for implementing the induction process.
  • The cluster manager may determine that practical aspects of the induction, professional development and performance appraisal processes are undertaken by practice leaders. 
  • The responsibility for successful outcomes remains with the cluster manager.
  • Practice leaders may also provide supervision, coaching and mentoring for new appointees.

Processes

When the RTLB is new to the RTLB role: 
  • Introduction to the cluster team, lead school and/or host school.
  • Introduction to the cluster kura/schools, local Ministry Learning Support service manager(s), iwi and local social agencies.
  • Information about the RTLB role and the principles under which it operates.
  • RTLB guidelines and processes, for example intervention sequence and record keeping requirements.
  • Opportunity to co-work a case with an experienced RTLB during induction period.
  • Access to an academic mentor (a practice leader or an experienced RTLB), to support the appointee during RTLB training.
  • Coaching and supervision.
  • Information about the New Zealand Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour Association (NZRTLBA).
When the RTLB is from another cluster:
  • Introduction to the cluster team, lead school and/or host school.
  • Introduction to the cluster kura/schools, local Ministry Learning Support service manager(s), iwi and local social agencies.
  • Provision of time to read, discuss and learn about the cluster and cluster policies, procedures and systems and the opportunity to share their experience of best practice from their previous cluster.
 

Content last updated: March 2017

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