What reports has the Minister of Education received on the Intensive Wraparound Service?

Thursday, March 17, 2016

STUART SMITH to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on the Intensive Wraparound Service?

Hon HEKIA PARATA (Minister of Education): Tēnā koe, Mr Speaker. The Intensive Wraparound Service is a personalised service that supports children and young people with high and complex behavioural and learning needs. I recently received the results of a review of this service conducted by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

The review found that it is improving behaviour and educational outcomes for some of the highest-need children and young people who receive this service. Additionally, families involved in the study saw the Intensive Wraparound Service as a major improvement for their children, Indeed, one family described it as a “lifesaver”.

Introduced in 2012 this service gives parents the choice of a locally based wraparound service within their local community, and children and young people the support they need to attend their local school.

Stuart Smith: What other action is she taking to ensure that students with the highest needs are supported in our education system?

Hon HEKIA PARATA: Positive Behaviour for Learning is another highly successful programme. This programme has 10 initiatives to help parents, whānau, teachers, early childhood centres, and schools to address problem behaviour, improve children’s well-being, and increase educational achievement.

Schools involved with Positive Behaviour for Learning have reported a dramatic drop in suspensions and resulting exclusions, and an increase in student achievement.

Teachers report that it has contributed to a more respectful and inclusive school culture, improved approaches to addressing behaviour incidents, improved school safety, and a decrease in behaviour referrals for major incidents.

I congratulate families, schools, and communities on their hard work in making the Intensive Wraparound Service and the Positive Behaviour for Learning initiatives a success.