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Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour Job Description

Job Description (docx)





A Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) may be based at a particular school but is employed by the board of trustees of lead school employer for the cluster. The RTLB works across schools in a designated cluster of schools, providing support for schools and teachers in relation to year 0-10 students in particular. The RTLB will consult and work collaboratively with Ministry of Education Special Education (SE) staff.

Purpose of the Position

The role of the RTLB is to provide itinerant specialist support across the cluster to students and teachers and work with families, in order to improve the education outcomes for students with learning and/or behaviour difficulties. The role will include demonstrating practice, strategy or techniques so that:


The RTLB will be accountable to the board of the employer school through the cluster manager. 

Working relationships

The RTLB will:


Key tasks

The key tasks of an RTLB are to:

  1. identify needs
  2. set goals
  3. implement intervention/s
  4. monitor progress and assist teachers to adapt or implement programmes
  5. review
  6. record outcomes

Person Specification  

The successful applicant must be a trained teacher with the full New Zealand teacher registration and a current practising certificate, and should have the following attributes, knowledge and skills:

  • strong interpersonal and communication skills to allow for full and comprehensive consultation and effective teacher support
  • commitment to biculturalism and to meeting the needs of Mãori students
  • commitment to understanding the needs of students from different cultures and a demonstrated willingness to provide services that are culturally appropriate
  • ability to meet the relevant Professional Standards for Experienced Teachers and key indicators for RTLB
  • the Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour qualification or the capacity and willingness to undertake and attain the RTLB qualification
  • empathy with students who have learning and/or behaviour difficulties
  • sound knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum
  • assessment skills
  • ability to identify, implement and evaluate a range of educational and management approaches to meet students' and teachers' needs
  • ability to assist others to implement suitable interventions
  • ability to liaise and work with SE staff, and other professionals and/or agencies
  • ability to work with, and provide professional support for staff, families and whānau, in the cluster schools
  • a current clean full drivers' licence and be prepared to use own vehicle for work.

Additional Responsibilities

April 2012

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