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In this section school staff, which often include the classroom teacher, teacher's aide, specialist teacher and Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) - but at times can include other members of the school staff - and Ministry of Education Special Education staff talk about their experiences as a member of the IEP team and how the IEP process works in different school environments.

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Mahere Mātauranga Motuhake Te Aho Matua

Individual Education Plan Te Aho Matua

Cindy Fox, Special Education Adviser and Tokararangi Totoro, District Māori Adviser explain how they worked together with the IEP team, to adapt the  process for a kura kaupapa setting using the principles of Te Aho Matua.

Download documents

Download below the New Zealand Gazette Supplement that explains Te Aho Matua principles.

Te Aho Matua - Ed Gazette Supplement (PDF, 262 KB)

Download below an information sheet on how to incorporate Te Aho Matua principles into the IEP process.

Te Aho Matua IEP Information sheet (PDF, 163 KB)

Download below a word version of Mahere Matauranga Motuhake Te Aho Matua - IEP Te Aho Matua that the IEP team developed for kura kaupapa Māori.

Te Aho Matua - IEP for kura template (Word, 115 KB)

New Zealand Curriculum

In this series, Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) and Specialist teachers talk about how to create a successful IEP process; IEP meetings and formats, assessment and how to include family/whānau voice, student voice and the whole school community.

Please note at the time of recording Specialist teachers were called Additional teachers.

Building school capability

SENCOs and Specialist teachers talk about the importance of building school capability through establishing effective relationships, clear communication systems, and agreed roles and responsibilities. They identify supportive leadership and collaborative teaming as critical factors in the development of the IEP process.

Effective team building and reflective practice

SENCOs and Specialist teachers talk about school systems that enhance effective team building engaging with families and reflective practice. A range of strategies for developing collaborative goal setting and ongoing review are given. There is a particular focus on regular planning meetings and the central role of the class teacher for supporting the learning of all students in their classrooms.

 

Sharing information and celebrating success

SENCOs and Specialist teachers discuss ideas and strategies for sharing information with the school team and the wider school community so student success is celebrated and acknowledged by all.

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