Making good practice great

An eight-week professional learning programme for teacher aides.

Why this course is relevant for teacher aides

Build your professional capability as a teacher aide in this eight-week blended learning programme. Get support from our experienced facilitators as you explore a range of topics relevant to your role. Topics will include: inclusive practice, neurodiversity, including conditions and diagnoses, IEPs, and much more. To help your learning, you will get one-to-one coaching from your facilitator on an area you want to improve.

What to expect

This is a blended course to be completed over eight weeks. It begins with a full day of learning together, face-to-face. We delve into neurodiverse conditions including foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit disorder. We discuss the challenging behaviours associated with these conditions, and we unpack positive behaviour support strategies to enable learners to achieve success. As well, we learn about collaborative teamwork and the qualities that make us, as teacher aides,  great team members.

You then enrol in two online courses of your own choice.

We get together again for another full day together at the end of the course. Inclusive practice is a focus. We dive deeply into learner wellbeing and the benefits of Te Whare Tapa Whā.  The  impact of trauma is discussed and we conclude with strategies to support language, culture, and identity, by working in culturally responsive ways.

Learning outcomes

You will:

  • understand good practice in teacher aide work

  • develop skills for building trusting relationships with ākonga and staff

  • gain awareness of the importance of collaborative partnerships

  • understand the importance of culture and identity

  • know how to de-escalate behaviour using positive behaviour support

  • understand and support the implementation of behaviour programmes

  • learn how to provide a safe environment and contribute to wellbeing of ākonga

  • understand inclusive practice and UDL

  • learn strategies for responding appropriately to neurodiverse conditions

In addition, you will choose two of our self-directed or guided courses on offer as part of this learning.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for grade A, B, C, or D teacher aides.

How this course is delivered

This is a blended course. You will have mix of face-to-face days, online courses that you complete at your own pace, and online coaching with your facilitator.

How this course aligns to the Teacher Aide Competencies

This course connects to these competencies:

  • neurodiversity

  • behaviour

  • inclusion

  • wellbeing

  • learning support

  • cultural competence

  • professional skills

How much time to complete this course

This course is an eight-week professional learning programme for teacher aides.

Your investment

This workshop costs $950.00 + GST per participant.

Teacher aides who have applied for funding from the Ministry of Education. Please note you will NOT be able to enrol unless you have received your teacher aides' application reference number (ARN). This number is needed to register for this course.

For information on the process of applying for Ministry funding and to access the full terms and conditions, including details on possible travel costs, please visit the Ministry of Education's website.

Easy to follow application process

Click on the image below to see the easy to follow Teacher aide MOE PLD application process.

Teacher aide MOE PLD application process

MOE PLD funding flowchart