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Programmes for Students (PfS)

Programmes for Students (PfS) target the age range of years 1–10 and aims to accelerate the learning of students who have been identified as needing further support to experience learning success in literacy and numeracy. The programmes are in addition to effective classroom teaching and are designed as with-cohort supports, so are provided within the students’ regular learning setting. Learners may or may not be in the same teaching group but their teacher adapts their teaching in response to individual needs of the target students in order to accelerate their progress.
PfS is a one-year programme, with rapid cycles of inquiry and support within a school. Schools can continue with PfS for up to three years. There is no limit to the number of teachers within a school, cluster or kāhui ako who can participate in the programmes. Teachers work in collaborative groups within or across schools with local and regional meetings to help to spread and sustain effective practice.
Teachers who participate in ALL, ALiM, or MST should be effective and culturally responsive literacy or numeracy teachers with good content and pedagogical knowledge, and the willingness to inquire into doing things differently.

The Ministry funds mentors to support:

  1. teachers to inquire into their practice in multiple rapid cycles, using lessons learned to adapt teaching practice and develop strategies to accelerate achievement. The teacher may work with the same students, different students or a mix across cycles of inquiry
  2. teachers to share practice with other teachers and to work in partnership with parents, families and whānau
  3. school leaders to build conditions to support sustained achievement gains
  4. school leaders in their school-wide monitoring and assessment through inquiry and knowledge building processes, underpinned by the concept of ongoing improvement.

Accelerating Learning in Literacy (ALL) and Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM)

The ALL or ALiM teacher provides extra support for a small group of 6–8 students who have been identified as needing some further support to experience learning success in literacy and numeracy.

Accelerating Learning in Literacy (ALL) – delivered in Otago and Southland
Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM) – delivered throughout the South Island

Mathematics Support Teacher

MST teachers provide extra support for a small group of students who have been identified as needing further support to experience learning success in numeracy.
The MST teacher is a classroom teacher – they are funded to spend time on MST outside their regular classroom teaching, and will run a series of supplementary interventions for different groups of students throughout the year.

Delivered throughout the South Island.


We provide a range of workshops to guide teachers and leaders, followed up with ongoing in school support, cluster meetings and tailored workshops to support where needed. We run an introductory workshop in March in Invercargill and Dunedin. This is based on where the schools are located and can be expanded. These are followed up by cluster meetings in Term 2 and an Impact day where teachers can celebrate their success in November.

Nelson, West Coast and the Canterbury region details will be available shortly for the ALiM and MST support.


Lauren Latimer
Phone: 021 165 7324

Averil Lee
Phone: 021 190 4065