Under the Education Act 1989, all children have the right to enrol at their local school:
"People who have special educational needs (whether because of disability or otherwise) have the same rights to enrol and receive education at State schools as people who do not." — Education Act 1989 Section (8) (1)
Find more information on the New Zealand curriculum on the Ministry of Education website.
Many Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children throughout New Zealand are enrolled at, or receive services through Ko Taku Reo. Our aim is to support all our learners to gain full access to the New Zealand Curriculum.
In our Deaf Provisions, students are taught by trained Teachers of the Deaf. They are provided with high quality individualised teaching and learning programmes that integrate the local curriculum: language, literacy, Deaf studies and social and emotional learning with the New Zealand Curriculum.
Investing in the right support will help raise the achievements of our learners and improve their emotional and social wellbeing. Our work is underpinned by the National Plan Government's Learning Support guiding principles which aim to:
- Remove barriers to learning
- Become involved earlier
- Provide quality services
- Monitor and evaluate our work and build a strong evidence base to improve services
- Build and sustain productive partnerships with parents, whānau, schools and other professionals
At Ko Taku Reo, we acknowledge that all Deaf learners have different learning needs and different learning styles. NZSL, English and Te Reo Māori are valued equally and cultural diversity and mutual respect is promoted.