Prior to the standardised Learning Support Register (sLSR) on Te Rito, kura, schools, early learning services and learning support clusters have used a variety of learning support registers (LSR). These LSRs used a range of technologies to record learning support needs and a common language to describe those needs.
The sLSR on Te Rito:
- makes it easier to describe, record and respond to the learning support needs of ākonga and learners.
- minimises security and privacy risks when using and sharing personal information about ākonga and learners.
- improves the quality of information across the education system about ākonga and learners who need support.
What the sLSR can do
The sLSR can be considered as two connected parts:
- registers which contain individual records about ākonga and learners
- dashboards which combine information from the registers and display it for groups of ākonga and learners.
There are two registers build into the sLSR.
My Register contains learning support needs information for ākonga and learners in a kura, school or early learning service. Education professionals can record information about ākonga and learners to help everyone understand their needs, record the various responses for each ākonga or learner and keep track of what is, and is, not working.
Learning support clusters of kura, schools and early learning services who work together to provide learning support will also have a Cluster register. This register only includes records of ākonga and learners who have provided consent for their information to be shared with the cluster (or whose parents or legal guardians have provided consent). The Cluster register summarises individual records from each My Register. Education professionals can use these records to collaborate and better meet the needs of individual ākonga or learner.
Dashboards are created from the information in the registers. Dashboards are interactive, with filterable graphs and visualisations which simplify large amounts of information to make it easier to work efficiently in supporting groups of ākonga and learners. Dashboards only display aggregated information, so it's not possible to identify individual ākonga or learners.
The Learning Support Needs dashboard allows comparision of ākonga and learners with learning support needs in a learning support cluster by education provider, types of support needs, how the needs are being prioritised, responses and funding in place. These comparisons can be overlaid with demographics such as the ethnicity, gender and year level.
This dashboard supports educators to work collectively to identify, prioritise and respond to needs across a learning support cluster.
The Learning Support Needs Over Time dashboard shows how numbers of learning support needs created across a cluster are changing over time. This is useful for identifying trends and monitoring how actions the learning support cluster take, like building capability, have an influence on the numbers of support needs.