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Supporting ORS funded students

How might Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) Specialist Teachers support learning at home?

Work with teachers and whānau (Zoom/Skype/phone/email) to:

  • determine the needs of the family/student - plan how to support the family/whānau to respond to the new/amended priorities
  • consider the needs of other children in the family – given the current context it may be possible that activities could be blended with what other siblings are doing to ensure it is as manageable as possible to deliver 
  • enable a planned approach to service
  • agree who the lead practitioner/key contact will be
  • determine how to embed supports into the child’s daily routines
  • provide ongoing coaching conversations with parents to help them adjust actions and plans and celebrate successes – each whānau will be unique
  • compile a list of essential support agencies that continue to be available for families and discuss how you can connect with these.

Consider the following:

  • What do we know about the student, the place at which they will be learning and the people who will be supporting them?
  • What are the student’s relevant learning goals and outcomes right now?
  • What are some potential barriers while learning from home?
  • What are supports we use in the classroom that could also be used at home?
  • What could spark excitement and curiosity?
  • How can we use child’s interests and strengths?
  • How can we adapt goals, methods and materials to meet this student’s unique needs? Check whether the IEP goal/priorities are still relevant. It is likely that the priorities for the family/whānau will have changed. Review plans and talk with families about what is realistic for them in the home setting.
  • How can we provide a range of methods for the student to complete the task? Provide core visuals and or Makaton and ideas for including their use at home.
  • How can we provide a range of options for the learner to share their work with us? (e.g. voice, video, written recording).
  • How can we help families to see every activity is a learning opportunity and every routine is an opportunity to continue learning?
  • Help families to develop a visual /social stories around home routines and activities.
  • Get to know the resources the family has available for example, how much space there is, how many people are using the resources, how freely can they be accessed.
  • How can we support the family/whānau to have fun with their children in simple, no-cost ways within the constraints of the lockdown period?