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What we do

He aha to mātou mahi?

What we do

At Ko Taku Reo, we ensure tamariki have what they need to reach their academic potential and enjoy a fulfilling life.

We guide you and your family through the many language opportunities and education pathways open to your child and support your choices.

We also strive to make this an organisation built on whanaungatanga, offering a place where you find support and a sense of community.

There are many ways we support children's learning from preschool to age 21.

Early childhood

Our preschool in Auckland and early intervention centre in Christchurch provide programmes that encourage language development and offer a place of support for parents and families.

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Assessment visits

Before starting school, we invite families for an assessment visit to determine the support needed to ensure children are able to be competent and capable learners no matter what.

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Primary and secondary school

You and your child have a choice of attending their local mainstream school or our specialist schools in Auckland and Christchurch for a more immersive experience.

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Further education

When the time comes, we have a transitioning programme that helps students move on to tertiary study or into the workforce.

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Residential services

For regional students aged 11–21, we have residential accommodation on site where they can board while attending our partner schools.

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Other support

Ensuring students benefit from their education means providing what they need to access it. We can help with that too with a range of different services.

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Planning for successful learning

We take a holistic approach to learning where the wellbeing of students is just as important as academic success. Students attending our school provisions have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that is designed to meet their unique needs within the New Zealand Curriculum. These are developed collaboratively by parents and whānau, the school, and other specialists as needed. For students attending mainstream schools, the school determines if this is necessary.

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Regional support

Taupua mō nga rohe

Support is available throughout New Zealand with services such as NZSL tutoring via video calling; school and home visits; 1 on 1 tutoring; Resource Teachers of the Deaf (RTDs) who work with certain students in mainstream schools; and our ASSIST liaisons who essentially acting as the go-between for families and schools and other services for the child funded by the Ministry of Education.

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Māori education

Mātauranga Māori

We recognise the unique status of tangata whenua in New Zealand and are dedicated to implementing procedures and practices within all aspects of Deaf Education to raise achievement for our Māori students. We promote the integration of Māori pedagogy and practices through Te Rautaki Matauranga Māori strategy.

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We are here to help you. You are our co-partner in educating your child, so please contact us anytime for information or support.

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Services and functions

Explore our organisation's core services and functions through the attached visual graphic. Each service plays a vital role in shaping the structure of Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education.

Organisation Structure