Learners living with dyslexia to benefit from new teaching resources

A new kete of resources to strengthen support for students with dyslexia was launched by Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin in Wellington on 20 February, at the first of three forums for new Learning Support Coordinators.

Resources from the kete will be provided to all schools and kura throughout New Zealand.

“It’s estimated that as many as one in seven children may have a form of dyslexia, and the new resources provide, for the first time, a simple way for teachers to identify children with dyslexia or dyslexic-type traits,” Ms Martin says.  

The dyslexia kete will help teachers and other literacy educators support students to learn in ways that work best for them. The resources will also be helpful in supporting the families of students with dyslexia or dyslexic-type traits.

The Ministry of Education worked with experts to develop the resources including teachers, special education needs coordinators, and dyslexia and literacy learning specialists.

“The kete is one of a wide range of new tools and resources we are rolling out as we deliver on the six priorities of the Learning Support Action Plan launched last year.

 “We’re committed to ensuring all children benefit from getting access to the learning support they need - in a way that suits them and their whānau. This includes learners with mild and moderate needs, and those who are gifted.

“Our Government’s first two Budgets provided new funding for learning support of $619.7 million to ensure all of our students get a great start in their learning, and the support they need to progress and achieve.”

The initial tranche of 623 new Learning Support Coordinator roles have been allocated to 1,052 schools and kura in 124 clusters around the country. A total 505 Learning Support Coordinators have registered to attend an induction forum.

The dyslexia kete of resources includes: 

  • A teaching resource, About Dyslexia, to support the literacy learning of students with dyslexia in English medium settings.
  • Tīpaopao, a Māori-medium introductory resource for supporting ākonga with dyslexia.
  • Two videos to support literacy instruction in Māori-medium kura.
  • The New Zealand Dyslexia Handbook
  • A bank of non-Ministry of Education resources that either support students with dyslexia or have a New Zealand phonics focus is available from Literacy online(external link)

More dyslexia resources and tools are being released throughout 2020, including one specifically created for parents – providing more information on how parents and whānau can support their child at home and at school. 

Information about dyslexia is also available at:

Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand(external link)

Dyslexia potential(external link)

More information about: Learning Support Coordinators(external link)

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