At Taupaki School we work closely with families to ensure learning needs are identified early and support put into place, often in conjunction with an Individual Education Plan. This is intended to enable all pupils to have an equal opportunity for success at school.  We also coordinate with local Early Childhood Education Centres to prepare successful transitions for those students who need some extra help.

The Leadership Team, Learning Support Coordinator and school SENCO work alongside the Ministry and other agencies to collaboratively respond to the needs of our learners. 

Our Learning Support team works both within classes and also provides extra support programmes.  We have a close working relationship with our Resource Teachers for Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) to ensure resources and training are targeted strategically.


Steps is an effective, easy-to-use computer-based literacy development programme that is used at a number of levels across the school. It develops the core skills needed for reading and spelling. StepsWeb caters for all students, but is also ideal for dyslexic and other struggling learners.

Structured Literacy

We provide a solid programme of structured literacy in our Junior School to ensure all students are supported in their foundation of sound-letter knowledge.  While this is a whole-class approach, it reduces the need for further individual support later in a child's education.

Ongoing Literacy Support

We provide small group support for Years 3-6 based on the foundation of structured literacy and ‘The Code’, which includes explicit and systematic teaching of phonological awareness, the alphabetic principle, syllable types and morphology. Lessons are targeted to specific areas of need.

Lego Groups 

Lego Groups help build social skills and confidence.  Through collaboratively building small models, students learn to communicate clearly, understand others' needs, talk positively, be patient and work with peers.

If you have any further questions please contact our Learning Support Co-ordinator

- Rebecca Solomon.