In 2006 Arohanui joined with the Ministry of Education to provide a specialist intinerant service for students funded through the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS).

The vision of the project is to:

  • Strengthen families, communities, schools and teachers by building active relationships with each other

  • Contribute to and enhance learning, social and cultural outcomes for high and very high needs students

  • Provide opportunites to share information about practice, and build on what is working well

The project aims to:

  • Maximise resource delivery through MOE–Special Education and special school collaboration

  • Build the capacity of local schools to cater for students with special needs

  • Raise the achievement of ORS students

  • Ensure that all students regardless of their educational setting have access to qualified special education teachers who will work on a regular basis alongside students, teachers and teacher aides within their regular educational programme

  • Minimise difficulty in recruiting suitably qualified teachers

  • Provide professional development, practical support and supervision to host school teachers and support staff

  • Share resources that meet students' specific needs

  • Liaise with MOE–Special Education and other relevant outside agencies.

The itinerant teachers are experienced special educators with a wealth of knowledge and skills to support families, students and local schools in catering for special needs students within their mainstream setting.

For further information about this service please contact