Shaping the Future of Education
Learning Support is a critical part of the Sector Enablement and Support Group of the team that provides governance over the sector They are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.
Learning Support specialists work closely with families, whÄnau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and MÄori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.
About this role
As a Psychologist you will play a critical role in the region's Learning Support team by:
- identifying patterns or contributing factors that may be influencing learning, wellbeing and behaviour
- enhancing inclusive practices in early learning services, schools and other educational settings
- providing professional support and guidance to schools, teachers and families and building the capacity of those who are best placed to support the learning of children and young people
- providing appropriate in-depth specialist assessment and analysis for evidenced informed interventions
- working as part of a trans-disciplinary team where a child's needs are complex.
To be successful you will need the following:
- A Masters level tertiary qualification and a post-graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology or equivalent
- To be registered under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act and to hold a current practicing certificate
- Ability to translate specialist knowledge into practical information
- Ability to co-ordinate service provision in a multi-agency, trans-disciplinary setting
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families and teachers across a diverse range of settings
- The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tirirti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga
In addition to a competetive salary, specialists working in the role advise that they value the following:
- "The ability to make a positive difference in the lives of children, young people and their whÄnau and contribute to system wide change is a huge plus"
- "The employer offers a strong community of practice and the support of a large organisation so I never feel isolated or alone"
- "I really value the ability to work closely with specialists from other disciplines. It enhances my own practice and thinking"