Specialist Teacher Outreach Service
Specialist Teacher Outreach Service (STOS)
The Specialist Teacher Outreach Service (Outreach Service - STOS) provides support to students who are funded through the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) and enrolled in their local school.
What this means is that students who have been assessed as having special educational needs and also meet the ORS criteria, carry with them throughout their school life, additional funding and staffing entitlement. These are there to ensure that any school which the child attends is able to provide or contract specialist teaching, therapeutic support and teacher aide support specifically for that child.
For students who attend their local mainstream school, enrolment is simple. The school principal merely transfers the staffing entitlement (either 0.1 or 0.2 depending on whether the child is ORS verified as High or Very High needs) to a STOS provider, in this case Goldfields. In return they will receive either half a day (0.1) or a full days (0.2) support from one of our specialist teachers. The funding element remains with the enrolling school and is used to employ a teacher aide/support worker and fund Special Education therapeutic support for the child. There is also a small element of resourcing funding available to students who are ORS verified which helps to fund specialist resources and/or learning supports.
In practice schools who take up the STOS, often give the child who has specific or special learning needs and often for the first time in their school life, an experienced special educator. The STOS teacher will help to assess learning needs; train and support teachers and teacher aides to deliver relevant and accessible teaching and learning programmes, and coordinate some of the wider team of specialists, such as therapists and psychologists, who may be involved in the overall education of the child.
Our specialist teachers help to devise an IEP (Individual Education Programme); differentiate curriculum delivery; prepare resources and access equipment which some children may need in order to access learning opportunities. In addition to this our staff by virtue of their specialist knowledge and experience, tend to be much more aware of the wider array of support available to both children who have special needs and their families/whanau than many of our mainstream colleagues.
All of these factors add up to a win-win situation for students who have special educational needs and are able to attend and access learning at their local school. The following link will take you to the Ministry of Education website brochure on this service.
Should you wish to find out more about Goldfields STOS please contact the school office.
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