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Programmes for Students (PfS) – ALL, ALiM, MST

School-initiated supplementary supports

There are three supports available in Programmes for Students (PfS):

  • Accelerating Learning in Literacy (ALL)
  • Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM)
  • Mathematics Support Teacher (MST)

PfS places are available for teachers of students in years 1–10.

PfS provides mentor support to:

  • accelerate the learning of students who have been identified as needing further support to experience learning success in literacy and maths across the curriculum
  • challenge, scaffold, and shift participating teachers’ practice and behaviour to deliver the right kind of learning to help students who need support to experience learning success
  • help participating schools to integrate approaches into their overall school literacy and/or maths strategies so that the impact of PfS is sustained over time.

How PfS works

PfS are provided as a supplement to effective classroom teaching and are designed to be provided within the students’ regular learning setting (with-cohort support).

Teachers work in collaborative groups within or across schools with local and regional meetings to help to spread and sustain effective practice.

Teachers who participate in ALL, ALiM, or MST should be effective and culturally responsive literacy or maths teachers with good content and pedagogical knowledge, and the willingness to inquire into doing things differently.

The Ministry funds mentors to support:

  • teachers to inquire into their practice in multiple rapid cycles, using lessons learned to adapt teaching practice and develop strategies to accelerate achievement. The teacher may work with the same students, different students or a mix across cycles of inquiry 
  • teachers to share their practice with other teachers and to work in partnership with parents, families and whānau 
  • school leaders to build conditions to support sustained achievement gains
  • school leaders in their school-wide monitoring and assessment through inquiry and knowledge building processes, underpinned by the concept of ongoing improvement.

Mentors also aggregate data to report to the Ministry across the schools they have worked in. Reports do not identify the individual students involved.

Accelerating Learning in Literacy (ALL) and Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM)

ALL and ALiM are one-year programmes, with rapid cycles of inquiry and support within a school.

The ALL or ALiM teacher provides extra support for a small group of 6–8 students who have been identified as needing some further support to experience learning success in literacy and numeracy.

The Ministry of Education funds schools $4,000 per ALL or AliM teacher (place) per year.

Mathematics Support Teacher

MST teachers provide extra support for a small group of students who have been identified as needing further support to experience learning success in numeracy. MST includes mentor support, workshops and tertiary study.

The MST teacher is a classroom teacher – they are funded to spend time on MST outside their regular classroom teaching and will run a series of supplementary interventions for different groups of students throughout the year.

Costs are shared between the Ministry and the school, with the Ministry contribution paid through the school’s operations grant. The MST is initially expected to work with approx. 10 students for every 0.1FTTE pointage they have been funded for. Successful interventions are then to be integrated into classroom practice across the school. Funding is per school, not per teacher.  Although the MST role may be shared between more than one teacher if a school prefers, the total funding provided by the Ministry will remain the same.

The MST is also required to undertake a post-graduate paper each year, for which $1,000 will be paid by the Ministry towards the tuition fee on successful completion of the MST compulsory paper. It is expected that the Board of Trustees will commit to paying the balance, as part of building school capability in mathematics. In the first year (MST1), MST teachers undertake the Making Mathematics Accessible paper through Massey University.  If MST teachers continue in the programme for a second year (MST 2), they undertake the Mathematics Education paper.

We recommend that schools participating in MST have previously implemented Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM) in their school. Schools that have not previously participated in ALiM, must demonstrate a commitment to the intervention.

Expressions of interest close 15 November 2021 for 2022 places

The closing date for expressions of interest for Programmes for Students for 2022 is Monday 15 November. If you are interested in taking part, please talk to your Education Advisor or directly email your local regional PfS lead.

Please include your school name, school number, the name of the intervention(s), and the number of teachers you’d like involved. If you are expressing interest in MST, please also include the name of the teacher and whether this is their first or second year taking part (MST 1 or MST 2).

More information

Resourcing information for principals: School funding for Programmes for Students (PfS): ALL, ALiM and MST

For any queries please contact your Education Advisor, email your local regional PfS lead, or email the National Office PfS team at: Foundational.Learning@education.govt.nz.

Updated on: 13 Sep 2021

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