Date
22 May 2019

Negotiating support approaches with student and whānau

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Supporting and preparing teachers in their role’

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Ask what is needed

Ask what is needed

Ask students and whānau what support is needed and preferred approaches.

I would like to get less support and I would like to decide who supports me … and in which parts of my schedule …

If I were allowed to use the computer more, I wouldn’t need so much help at school.

It’s not much fun having all these old ladies hanging around me all the time.

Snaefridur Thora Egilson and Rannveig Traustadottir

Seek guidance on personal care

Seek guidance on personal care

The teacher is responsible for gathering information and briefing the teacher aide.

When a student requires support for personal or physical care, it is the teacher’s role to ask a student and their family:

  • what information would you like us to be familiar with (for example, details of needs or medical conditions)?
  • how can we help?
  • what do you need us to do?
  • what don’t you want us to do?
  • what classes or break times you do not want to miss (so these can be worked around)?

Source: Adapted from Springboards to Practice (opens in a new tab/window)

Develop a support checklist

Develop a support checklist

Encourage teachers to develop a support checklist the student and their whānau.

Identify which activities need support:

  • moving between classes
  • taking part in activities at morning tea and lunchtime
  • eating and drinking
  • going to the toilet
  • taking medications
  • going on school trips
  • accessing playgrounds and buildings.

Source: Adapted from Springboards to Practice (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

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The teaching assistant as scaffolder

Publisher: Centre for Inclusive Education

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Springboards 2 practice: Enhancing effective practice in education

Read time: 5 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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