Working as learning support coordinators
Find information for learning support coordinators and their employing principals about how to maintain a practising certificate.
Summary to date
In late 2020, the Teaching Council Matatū Aotearoa worked with the Ministry of Education and a group of Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs) to understand how teachers or kaiako working in a Learning Support Coordinator role can maintain a Tuturū Full (Category One) practising certificate. It needed to be ascertained that within their role, the LSC is able to use and meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession or Ngā Paerewa mō te Umanga Whakaakoranga (in English and Māori medium contexts respectively).
The Council analysed the LSC Role Description in relation to the Standards and Paerewa illustrating that anyone working in this role could maintain a Tuturū Full (Category One) practising certificate. However, their learners are often not students or children, but teacher colleagues.
Learning support coordinators in English medium settings
For learning support coordinators (LSCs) in English medium settings, the alignment between the Standards and the Role Description has now been presented in a learning support coordinator matrix. There are also examples provided by some LSCs of the contextual interpretation of the Standards in the work of LSCs in different settings. These are indicative and not compulsory in LSC practice.
Learning support coordinators in Māori medium settings
For learning support coordinators (LSCs) in Māori medium settings, the Paerewa Role Description are aligned, but have not been developed into the learning support coordinator matrix. Examples of contextual interpretation have not been developed, but the Paerewa elaborations can be used as indicative of how the LSCs demonstrate the Paerewa. As with the English medium examples, these are indicative and not compulsory in LSC practice.
Professional growth cycle
For all teachers and kaiako in learning support coordinator (LSC) roles, participation in a professional growth cycle is required and endorsement decisions are based on the LSC’s practice as required for the Tuturū Full (Category One) practising certificate. The endorser for a teacher in this role will be the employing principal or tumuaki.