We support our ākonga through a mix of in-class support as well as alternative pathways for learning within the school framework. We have 14 Learning Assistants as well as four specialist teachers and a Learning Support Coordinator who support these pathways. While our kaimahi (staff) in Learning Acceleration are trained teachers and skilled Learning Assistants, we are not able to diagnose the underlying cause of challenges our ākonga may be experiencing. For example, we cannot diagnose anyone with ‘ADHD’ or Dyslexia. However, we are able to carry out some basic education-based assessments when we are concerned about an ākonga. This helps us to be able to support them and their teachers with strategies that may help. We work alongside all other Learning Areas at Te Aratai College in supporting our ākonga and are especially connected with the Guidance Department and the Deans.
We offer four alternative pathway programmes to ākonga who may benefit from these.