Date
16 August 2020

Set up social supports, advocacy, and go-to people

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Prepare for a new student with additional needs in the classroom’

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Ways to welcome new students

Ways to welcome new students

Discuss ways to welcome and support the new student with the class.

Suggestions can include:

  • sending an email or a letter from the class
  • sharing food and mihi on their first day
  • creating a welcome booklet 
  • welcoming a hearing-impaired student using NZSL
  • inviting a student to be a buddy to the new student to provide social and in-class support.

Being a buddy

Being a buddy

Support students by giving them clear guidelines on how to be a good buddy.

Possible tasks for a buddy include:

  • partnering with the new student for classroom activities
  • introducing the new student to others, and including them in games and activities both inside the classroom and at break times
  • explaining classroom and school rules, systems, and timetabled activities as they arise 
  • assisting with carrying any assistive technologies from one class to another
  • having lunch with the new student.

Peer support

Peer support

A high school student describes how a peer provides practical support when he transitions between classes.

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Springboards 2 Practice: Social Skills

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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File

Listen up

Publisher: The Communication Trust

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Website

Classroom accommodations to help students with learning and attention issues

Publisher: Understood

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Prepare for a new student with additional needs in the classroom”:

Return to the guide “Transitions – managing times of change”

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