The nationwide RTLB service
The national RTLB service works together with teachers and schools to support the achievement of students in Years 1-10 who have learning and/or behaviour difficulties. Support may go beyond the individual student and also benefit the teacher, whole class, groups of students and/or the whole school. RTLB have a particular focus on supporting Māori students, Pasifika students and children and young people moving into State care.
There are 40 RTLB clusters nationally, from the Far North to Southland. Each cluster has a lead school, lead school principal and a cluster manager. Each cluster also has a team of RTLB, specialist itinerant kaiako/teachers.
RTLB Lead Kura/School & host school
To help ensure a cohesive and consistent approach to service provision, each of the 40 clusters has a lead kura/school. A lead kura/school is the fund holder and its Board of Trustees (BoT) is the sole employer for cluster managers, practice leaders, and RTLB in a cluster.
Although all RTLB in one cluster will be employed by the lead kura/school's BoT, they may be located at other schools in the cluster area. The schools where RTLB are located, but not employed, are host schools.
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One practice framework called He Pikorua provides Learning Support and RTLB practitioners with clear and consistent practical direction for working and supports practice reflection and review. This enables practitioners to work with confidence as individuals and with the collective knowledge and support of others so all can continue to help our children and young people and their learning communities grow and flourish.
Each school has a designated key liaison RTLB. The liaison RTLB role is:
First contact for any queries.
Attend Pastoral Care/ SENCo Meetings.
Ensure they disseminate any information from cluster to their schools.
Pre-entry discussions on referrals and advocating for referrals at the referral meetings.
Ensure that parents/whanau have provided informed written consent.
Liaise on Gateway referrals.
Maintain an overview of current RTLB cases/Projects with the key liaison school.
Feedback status of referral following the meeting.
Attend initial transition meetings when relevant.
Monitor the waitlist and regularly check that data-base information is correct.