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Help and Support

Nobody’s perfect and all children will have bouts of challenging behaviour. Some will be minor, some will be severe. Every school, classroom, or centre can experience these and respond to them effectively.

But sometimes a situation does not improve the behaviour doesn’t shift, or the behaviour lasts many months, or is severe. In this case there are experts available to support you.

Behaviour Crisis Response Service

Following an extreme event, specialists from the Ministry of Education are available to schools to help:

  • stabilise the school
  • make sure everyone is safe
  • prevent further deterioration of the situation
  • put an immediate plan in place, which will link to an effective and sustained behaviour plan
  • link to other resources and support.

Contact your local Ministry of Education district office to access this service or if you are in the Auckland metropolitan area, you can call (027) 257 7193.

Interim Response Fund

The Interim Response Fund can be used by schools to stabilise a crisis behaviour situation and meet a child’s immediate needs while a comprehensive intervention plan is put in place.

For more information, find the Principal’s Manual on the Interim Response Fund page of the Ministry's main website.

Using your RTLB Service

Remember to call on the expertise of your Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) to develop both reactive and proactive interventions to promote positive behaviour.

RTLB are trained to support the needs of children whose achievement in learning and behaviour is not fully being realised and to support their kura/schools and kaiako/teachers.

They can provide advice and support in individual, classroom, and whole-school settings.

RTLB:

  • focus on a child’s potential rather than underachievement
  • see behaviour as a teaching and learning challenge not a child problem
  • establish processes and systems to better respond to the needs of children
  • access evidence and research about what has been proven to work.

For more information go to the RTLB website.

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