Learning Support

Learning Support Coordinator - Maria Morris 

Parakai School has a Learning Support Coordinator to ensure the Ministry of Education Learning Support Delivery Model is used to identify local needs and resources, and work with the Ministry of Education, other agencies and providers to plan support based on what they know works for children, young people, families and whānau. 

Resource Teacher Literacy - Deb Higgins

The Resource Teacher Literacy, hosted and based at Parakai School, works within a cluster of 12 local schools,  geographically ranging from Waioneke to Whenuapai schools.
Students within the cluster who are experiencing significant literacy difficulties are referred to the RT Lit.  They are the students with the highest literacy (reading, writing, spelling) needs in the school/kura.
The role is to design and provide supplementary literacy programmes, working alongside classroom teachers, school leaders, other specialists, teacher aides and whānau.

Better Start Literacy Approach (BSLA)

At Parakai School our Year 1 and 2 classes use the Better Start Literacy Approach. It is an integrated classroom literacy approach for teachers to support children’s early reading, writing and oral language success. It incorporates vocabulary development using quality children’s story books, structured teaching of critical phonological awareness skills and letter-sound knowledge through fun, game-based activities, activities making explicit links to the reading and spelling context, and structured small group reading sessions using the new Ready to Read – Phonics Plus early readers series. Our teachers are excited to see children benefit from this evidence-based literacy teaching. We encourage whānau to support at home through daily reading with their children.

Accelerated Learning Support

At Parakai School we have a team of Teachers’ Aides working in partnership with teachers to provide accelerated learning opportunities and behavioural support.
We also utilise a range of online resources that support home school learning links and provide individualised acceleration platforms. In the junior team – students have access to Mathseeds and Reading Eggs. From Year 3, students will have access to Stepsweb – an online literacy programme. In the senior team students have a google login for Mathletics, Epic!, Stepsweb and The Writers’ Toolbox access. We encourage parents to regularly observe their children when using these online learning sites to see the range of skills they are developing.  Your child’s classroom teacher can provide you with your child’s login and passwords for these sites.