Students enrolling with behaviour difficulties and no history of extra support

Needs of student

Students with a named disorder

A student enrols at your school who has a named difficulty. They don’t seem to have any history of extra education support.

These difficulties could include: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Conduct Disorder (CD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety Disorder, Attachment Disorder or Acquired Brain Injury (this usually has ACC involvement and support).

Help available

Please ensure you have completed the usual school processes before accessing extra support. These processes include: collecting data, student assessment, seeking advice within the school and using regular school funds.

Extra support is built around individual student needs. To establish what help could be available make a referral to your local Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), who will refer on to the Ministry of Education, Special Education, if required.

RTLB can be contacted through the system established by the local cluster, or by contacting the RTLB cluster convenor.

The RTLB will assess the student’s learning needs then put extra support in place, if it’s required.

RTLB are also able to advise whether specialist help from the Ministry of Education, Special Education is required. This could include a psychological assessment or intervention done by a psychologist or a special education advisor (for behaviour issues). This work is done in partnership with the student's family and teachers. If the student has other kinds of needs the RTLB can arrange input from a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech-language therapist or advisor on deaf children.

Classroom teachers should also look for relevant teaching information resources on the Ministry of Education website and the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website. Resources include:

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Needs of student

Students with a history of behaviour difficulty

A student enrols at your school with a history of behaviour difficulties like: violence and aggression, difficulty fitting in with peers, property damage, absconding, inappropriate sexual behaviour, self-harm or suicidal tendencies, fire lighting, erratic school attendance, theft, alcohol or other substance abuse. They don’t seem to have any history of extra education support.

Help available

Please ensure you have completed usual school processes before accessing extra support. These processes include: data collection, student assessment, seeking advice within the school and the use of regular school funds.

Extra support is build around individual student needs. To establish what help could be available you need to make a referral to your local Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), who will refer on to the Ministry of Education, Special Education, if required

RTLB can be contacted through the system established by the local cluster, or by contacting the RTLB cluster convenor.

The RTLB will assess the student’s learning needs and put the extra support in place, if it’s required.

RTLB are also able to advise whether specialist help from the Ministry of Education, Special Education is required. This could include a psychological assessment or intervention done by a psychologist or a special education advisor (for behaviour issues). This work is done in partnership with the student's family and teachers. If the student has other kinds of needs the RTLB can arrange input from a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech-language therapist or advisor on deaf children.



Content last updated: 30 July 2014