Those students who have been identified as not achieving and/or as having special needs, receive teaching and learning programmes to address those needs.  Access to this support may be within a mainstream class or a supported class. Where appropriate, students are supported in their learning by a Teacher Aide.  


Supported classes have been put in place to address learning needs within a smaller and specifically targeted learning environment.



•   Year 9 and 10 Supported Learning Classes

The Awhina Learning Department provides core subject programmes for students in Years 9 and 10 that cater for their individual learning needs but which are still closely related to the core subject curricula.  They follow a differentiated curriculum and complete differentiated assessments.  Where appropriate, students are supported in their learning by Teacher Aides.


•   Year 9 and 10 Strengthening English and/or Mathematics 

Support is provided to Year 9 and 10 students who need accelerated teaching in Literacy and Numeracy strategies so that they can access the English and Mathematics curricula and achieve at the curriculum level for their age.  



•   NCEA Level 1 English and Mathematics
 The Āwhina Learning Department provides NCEA Level 1 English and Mathematics programmes for students in Year 11 who are capable of achieving at NCEA Level 1.  support to do so.  These courses are internally assessed, consisting of Unit and Achievement standards.   Students will be given the opportunity to gain the Unit Standard credits first and then they will be given the opportunity to gain the Achievement Standard credits.
•   Skills For Life Year 11 – 13  
 This course provides an alternative pathway for students who require a course that offers a more individualised approach to provide successful learning outcomes. Tasks and projects are linked to NCEA Level 1-3 Unit Standards on the NZQA framework.  For some students, senior programmes linked to NCEA standards may not be appropriate.  In such cases, alternative pathways which encourage learning within a variety of authentic contexts, may be designed according to student needs and availability of resources. 
The focus areas for the Skills for Life programme are: 
Self-management Strategies
Social and Cooperative Skills
Goal setting 
Special Assessment Conditions support can be in the form of a Reader, Writer, Computer Use, Extra Time, Rest Breaks, Separate Accommodation.  This support is used for internal and external assessments.
SAC support is for identified students in Year 9-13 across the school, who have specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ADHD, ASD, vision/hearing impairments, etc.  The Department provides information to teachers as to whether the identified students need accommodations and/or modifications so that they can access the curriculum and achieve.   The Department undertakes assessment of these students to establish whether they meet the SAC criteria and also coordinates the provision of SAC support.