He Pikorua Is Now Live – New Practice Framework For Learning Support Staff

He Pikorua puts mokopuna with learning support needs, and their whānau, at the centre so the right support can be put in place for tamariki with learning support needs.

Mokopuna with learning support needs, and their whānau, are central to a new practice framework for learning support staff that is now live online.


He Pikorua has been developed by the Ministry of Education and the Resource Teachers Learning Behaviour (RTLB) to support their work with mokopuna, whānau and educators in schools, kura, early learning services and kōhanga reo.


The shared practice framework has been developed to bring together existing Learning Support and RTLB practice frameworks.


Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support, Katrina Casey, says “the new framework is underpinned by the whakataukī, Hui te marama hei purapura ora – gifted by Dr Wayne Ngata.


Hei purapura ora represents the uniqueness of our children and young people. The whānau, educators, practitioners and community are the kaitiaki who come together to nurture and support their growth and wellbeing.”


This framework guides learning support staff in the way we deliver learning support now – to provide the right support at the right time and the right place for each student with learning support needs. This includes children and young people with moderate needs too, as well as those who are gifted, and at risk of disengaging from their learning.


We look forward to hearing feedback from practitioners as they become familiar with this digital framework and embed it in their work with mokopuna, their whānau, other educators, leaders, clusters and their communities.”

He Pikorua(external link)

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