This new way of working gives local communities more flexibility to meet the particular needs of mokopuna in their area. Clusters of local schools, Māori medium kura, early learning services and Kōhanga Reo come together in a way that best fits their community. Each cluster looks for flexible ways to respond to needs that build on existing good practice. Clusters include whānau in decisions to make sure that support works for whānau and their mokopuna.
Learning Support Coordinators, based in clusters of schools, work with the Ministry and other agencies and providers to identify local needs for learning support needs. Coordinators identify available resources. Resources include those provided by the Ministry, RTLB, other government agencies, iwi, and service providers.
The Ministry provides a learning support facilitator to:
- support and promote joint decision-making and planning
- make sure the right people are brought together
- broker access for the cluster to all available supports and services in the area, including practitioners, and other agencies and service providers.
The Learning Support Delivery Model emphasises having a single plan that is the primary reference for the mokopuna, whānau, educators and practitioners. Having a single plan reduces the need for whānau to tell their story over and over to different schools, teachers, specialists and agencies. The plan is a clear record of:
- what needs to change in the life of the mokopuna and why
- what will be done to achieve that, by whom, and when.