Learning Support When Your Child Has Significant Needs

Learning Support When Your Child Has Significant Needs

Find out more about the support available for children with the highest level of need to help them join in and learn alongside other children at school.

What is the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme?

If your child is among the very small number of children with the highest level of need (around 1 in 100 students) the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) will provide ongoing specialist support. This support aims to help your child join in and learn alongside other children at school. If your child can get support through ORS, their funding and support stays with them throughout their time at school.

What kind of support does the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme provide?

The Ongoing Resourcing Scheme provides a number of support options.

Specialists

These include:

  • speech-language therapists
  • psychologists
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • advisers on deaf children
  • special education advisors
  • orientation and mobility instructors

Additional or specialist teachers

These additional or specialist teachers coordinate your child's learning programme with the class teacher.

Teacher aides

Teacher aides support your child's learning programme in the classroom. They can also help to include your child in class programmes and activities.

Helpful classroom tools

Small items such as:

  • computer software
  • extra-size pens and pen grips
  • disposable gloves
  • braille machine paper
  • laminating pouches
  • CDs and DVDs

Where can I learn more about the Ongoing Resource Scheme?

You can read more about the Ongoing Resource Scheme (ORS) and who can get it on the Ministry of Education website in the 'External links and downloads' below.

Starship Foundation and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand acknowledge the cooperation of the Ministry of Education in making this content available to parents/caregivers and families. 

This page last reviewed 05 August 2020.
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