The Learning Support Department aims to support the inclusion of all students in the curriculum, social, extra-curricular and wider community of Onslow College. This is achieved by acting as kaiārahi (a guide) for students, whānau and teachers.

For some ākonga with additional learning needs, targeted planning and support ensures they can achieve this vision alongside their peers and thrive.

If you wish to see activities learning support students have been involved in over the years, click here.

Kei konei ahau

(you bring yourself)

Kia puāwai


Haere whakamua

(thrive in the paths you choose)


Depending on their level of need we can support student's transitioning, assist with pathway planning, organise special assessment conditions, build learning strategies based on their strengths, and interests. Here at Onslow, we can identify how they learn best and remove barriers to their learning and achievement, and/or provide social support.


Depending on the student’s level of need we can work with whānau to ensure their aspirations and knowledge of their young people are reflected in planning for pathways and success. We may also work collaboratively with external agencies/specialists who are supporting the student to ensure this expertise is reflected in planning for the ākonga.


Depending on the student’s level of need we can assist teachers knowledge of student’s strengths, interests and challenges. We can advise on whole-class strategies that will include the student, reducing the need for the ākonga to be treated as ‘special’.

Examples of Learning Support Differences

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