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What RTLB do

Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) are funded to work together with teachers and schools to support the achievement of 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.

Requests for support

Schools are able to request service from RTLB to support them meet the needs of students experiencing learning and behaviour difficulties. If a whānau/family thinks their child may benefit from additional support they can talk to the classroom teacher to discuss the option of the school making a request for RTLB support. Each cluster (a regional group of RTLB) has established its own process for managing requests for support.

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 schools to meet the learning and behaviour challenges of students in the cluster. They do this through:

  • networking
  • school policy development
  • working with kaiako/teachers to meet needs in the classroom
  • initiatives such as peer reading
  • supporting individual student needs, for example facilitating the generation of Individual Education Plans (IEP).

When working in kura/school or wharekura/secondary school settings, RTLB support 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)
  • parents
  • whānau/families.

Programmes and initiatives

RTLB may support and use the following programmes and initiatives to support the learning and behaviour needs of children.

Gateway Assessments

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.

Hei Awhiawhi Tamariki ki te Panui Pukapuka (HPP)

“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.

High and Complex Needs Service (HCN)

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.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

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.

Specialist Service Providers

Students with learning and behaviour needs may receive support from physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists from the Ministry of Education.

Te Kotahitanga

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.

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: