Learning support needs
- I think my child has some learning support needs - where do I begin?
- How the Ministry's learning support works
- The team that will support your child
- Support and services available
- Individual Plans (IPs) and Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
- Groups that can support you
- Specialised School Transport Assistance (SESTA)
- How you can help your child who is dyslexic
- Support for gifted and talented students
- Resolving problems about your child’s learning support
As a parent and carer you're usually the first to notice differences between your child and others of a similar age. You'll want to know if there is an issue, and if there is, what can be done to help you and your child and who to go to for help.
If your child has learning support needs you will want to make sure you're talking to the right people and getting all the support that's available to you. The Ministry of Education's learning support team can help you with this.
The support that's available to your child depends on their age, their learning support needs, and how many other children in their area need learning support.
As part of meeting your child's specific needs they may have an Individual Plan (IP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP).
SESTA is for students who have learning support needs and may have difficulty getting to the closest school that they can enrol at.
If you child has dyslexia they find reading, writing, and often spelling and maths significantly more difficult than other children their age.
If you’re concerned your child’s learning needs are not being met, there are a number of steps you can take to help you and the school resolve the problem.