Evaluation of the NZSL@School Service 2021

NZSL@School was set up in 2014 to provide Sign language support to deaf ākonga enrolled in their local school and that use NZSL to support their learning and access the curriculum.

Between 160 and 200 deaf ākonga across New Zealand receive the NZSL@School service delivered by Ko Taku Reo – Deaf Education New Zealand with the support local schools and funded by the Ministry of Education.

The NZSL@School evaluation was conducted in 2021, it looks at how the service is working, and identifies a number of opportunities to make further improvements.

You can read the full NZSL@School Evaluation report [PDF, 670 KB] or follow the links below for an NZSL translation of the executive summary.


NZSL videos

Executive Summary

The structure of NZSL@School

Evaluation Methodology

Participants, Findings, and Application for Service

Opportunities for improvement: Allocation of Service 

Opportunities for improvement: Implementation of Service 

Opportunities for improvement: Service Delivery 

Opportunities for improvement: Strengthening ākonga learning and progress, Deaf Culture in Schools and in Practice, and the position of Tikanga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Opportunities for improvement: strengthening professional development and staff resources 

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