What RTLB do
Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) are funded to work together with teachers and schools to find solutions to support students in Years 1-10 with learning and/or behaviour difficulties. They have a particular focus on supporting Māori and Pasifika students and children and young people moving into State care. RTLB support and up-skill teachers to better meet the needs of students within an inclusive education system.
Schools are able to refer students to the RTLB service. If a whānau/family thinks their child may benefit from RTLB assessment, they can talk to the classroom teacher to discuss a referral. Each cluster (a regional group of RTLB) has established its own process for referrals.
The role of RTLB
RTLB work in a cluster or team. The work of the team, and workload of RTLB, is managed by the cluster manager. RTLB support students with learning and behaviour difficulties in the cluster who meet the set criteria. They do this through:
- school policy development
- working with kaiako/teachers to meet needs in the classroom
- initiatives such as peer reading
- individual needs, for example Individual Education Plans (IEP).
When working in kura/school or wharekura/secondary school settings, RTLB meet the learning and behaviour needs of students through negotiation with a range of people. These may include:
- the class kaiako/teacher
- Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCO)
Programmes and initiatives
RTLB may support and use the following programmes and initiatives to support the learning and behaviour needs of children.
Gateway Assessments provides health, educational, and emotional status of all children and young people entering state care. This means the children’s identified needs can be catered for promptly by the appropriate agency. Gateway is a joint inter-agency initiative between Child, Youth and Family (CYF), the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.
For more information, visit the Gateway Assessments page.
“Supporting children’s oral language development within English-medium storybook reading contexts”
Parent tutors are enlisted and trained to support their child’s oral language development.
This is an inter-agency unit from CYF, MOE and MOH that assists agencies to identify and effectively respond to children with high and complex needs.
This promotes programmes and initiatives to encourage pro-social behaviour and reduce problem behaviour in classrooms. There are several programmes attached to it, for example, The Incredible Years (see Positive Behaviour for Learning action plan update 2011.pdf 3 MB ).
For more information, visit the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) page.
Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)
This is a school-based social service where a social worker is placed in low decile schools. The social workers are employed by NGO (non-government organisation) social service providers and provide early intervention to assist children who are struggling with educational, health, or social development.
Education Gazette article
Read the featured articles in the Education Gazette :
- Social workers in schools service (SWis) (April 2013)
- Social worker numbers boosted in lower decile schools (March 2012)
Students with learning and behaviour needs may receive support from physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists from the Ministry of Education, Special Education (SE), or school specialist service providers (SSPs).
Te Kotahitanga is a research and development programme designed to support kura/schools and teachers to improve Māori achievement. The purpose is to create a culturally responsive environment for teaching and learning by encouraging school structures and teaching strategies that support this.
There are case studies of some of these programmes in Effective RTLB practice on the New Zealand Resource Teachers Learning & Behaviour Association website. For more information, visit www.nzrtlb.co.nz.
Complaints about the service
The Ministry of Education takes all complaints seriously. Parents or whānau/families who are not satisfied with the RTLB service can contact the RTLB cluster manager for their area (go to Find a local RTLB service).
If the problem is not resolved, contact either: