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Collaboration for Success video series –presents information about the IEP process, what makes a successful IEP, and how to share key messages with schools

Need to know

What you need to know to get started

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The IEP process reflects the vision, policy, and principles of both Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and The New Zealand Curriculum.


Teaching and learning for all students in New Zealand schools – including those with special education needs – is centred in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and The New Zealand Curriculum.

Inclusive education

Inclusive education means all children and young people are engaged and achieve through being presentparticipating, learning, and belonging.

Inclusive Education

Provides New Zealand educators with practical strategies, suggestions, and resources to support learners with diverse needs.


Twenty-nine guides cover a range of topics, such as Supporting akonga Māori, Technology tools for learning, and Collaborative planning for learning. 

The search tool allows you to sort guides A to Z, New, or Popular.


Review of the literature on individual education plans (September 2011)

In 2010, the Ministry of Education commissioned a review of the national and international literature around IEPs to inform their future use.

The study concluded the following.

  • IEPs should also lead to those systems being reformed so as to better accommodate diversity.
  • Future policies on IEPs and their implementation should be evidence-driven and data-based.
  • Students can and should be able to participate in their own IEPs.
  • Well-administrated IEPs should lead to a high standard of education for students with special educational needs.

Vision, policy and principles

Success for All – Every School, Every Child (2010) (PDF, 1.1MB) –sets out the government’s vision of a fully inclusive education system

Confident schools, students, parents/caregivers, whānau, and communities are at the heart of this vision.

Success for All every school every child

The National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) provide the policy framework for IEPs, and the principles that inform IEP processes apply to all teaching and learning.

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