Learning support needs

I think my child has some learning support needs - where do I begin?

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.

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How the Ministry's learning support works

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.

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The team that will support your child

There are many different people who are likely to work with you to help your child develop and learn. Together you'll work as a team.

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Support and services available

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.

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Individual Plans (IPs) and Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

As part of meeting your child's specific needs they may have an Individual Plan (IP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP).

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Groups that can support you

There are many organisations and groups around the country that you can get in touch with for practical support, advice, resources and contact details of specialists.

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Specialised School Transport Assistance (SESTA)

SESTA is for students who have learning support needs and may have difficulty getting to the school that can meet these needs.

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How you can help your child who is dyslexic

If you child has dyslexia they find reading, writing, and often spelling and maths significantly more difficult than other children their age.

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Support for gifted and talented students

Gifted or talented children can be found in any family and in almost any classroom. Most gifted children need support to reach their full potential.

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