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Year 1–10 students below reading and writing expectations

After analysing data and identifying priority needs, do you need support for year 1–10 students below reading and writing expectations?

In your school:

Is there leadership expertise?

For example, know the achievement patterns of groups of students, monitor and review all student supplementary supports?


Funding available

Tertiary fees funding support

Support for leadership

You may find these MoE resources useful              

You may find these other resources and organisations useful

Resources from the Ontario Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat – especially the What works: Research into Practice series 

You may find these conferences useful

Conferences found at:

Is there effective teaching practice?

For example, classroom practice is effective for most students?

Are there relationships that focus on education?

Support for leadership

Reading Together Project

Support for teachers

Reading Together Project

You may find these MoE resources useful

School Leadership and Student Outcomes/He Kura Rangatira BES - chapter 7

You may find these other resources and organisations useful

The Biddulph Group: Reading Together

If Māori students over-represented ...

If students with special education needs over-represented ...

If English language learners are over-represented ...

Funding available

ESOL funding and Ministry of Education support

Support for leadership

Support for teachers

Support for students

English Language Assistants professional development programme

The MRIE team has a contract with Auckland UniServices for project director Dr Jannie van Hees to deliver the English Language Assistant (ELA) professional development programme and train selected regional facilitators to deliver the programme throughout New Zealand.

The ELA initiative provides training and professional development workshops for teacher aides/bilingual assistants currently working in schools providing English language support to new learners of English. This highly regarded programme has been delivered to over 300 schools since 2003 throughout New Zealand, and in 2014 is being offered to a cluster of schools in Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin. It has been very positively received by the principals, teachers, and teacher aides who have participated in the programme, all of whom say it has had significant impact on school practices with individual and school wide benefits.

The training programme spans across three terms, consisting of an introductory meeting for principals and co-ordinating teachers, six full-day workshops, six in-school visits, six inter-workshop tasks for the trainee ELAs, and a final evaluation/graduation morning for participants, including a meeting of principals with the Ministry of Education programme manager.
Participant schools are targeted by the Ministry and invited to take part. Identification of potential participants are informed by:

  • a check of the number of ESOL funded students in a specific area 
  • consultation with Ministry ESOL verifiers, SAFs, ECP advisors, Pasifika advisors, and Regional Offices regarding the PLD needs of this targeted list of schools to confirm that they would benefit from English language focussed professional development.

If you have any questions about this professional development, please contact Susan Gamble (09 632 9354).

You may find these MoE resources useful

See all the resources and support for students with English language learning needs.

Have you got supplementary student support?

Your local office Ministry of Education advisor is available to support in your next steps

Published on: 30 Jan 2013