How We Work

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

The nationwide RTLB service

The national RTLB service works together with teachers and schools to support the achievement of students in Years 1-10 who have learning and/or behaviour difficulties. Support may go beyond the individual student and also benefit the teacher, whole class, groups of students and/or the whole school. RTLB have a particular focus on supporting Māori students, Pasifika students and children and young people, moving into State care.

There are 40 RTLB clusters nationally, from the Far North to Southland. Each cluster has a lead school, lead school principal and a cluster manager. Each cluster also has a team of RTLB who are specialist itinerant kaiako/teachers.

RTLB Lead Kura/School & host school

To help ensure a cohesive and consistent approach to service provision, each of the 40 clusters has a lead kura/school. A lead kura/school is the fund holder and its Board of Trustees (BoT) is the sole employer for cluster managers, practice leaders, and RTLB in a cluster.

​Although all RTLB in one cluster will be employed by the lead kura/school's BoT, they may be located at other schools in the cluster area. The schools where RTLB are located, but not employed, are host schools.

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