Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour

Our key RTLB at Devon Intermediate is Ms Angela Pearson.

RTLB Referral Criteria & Information to Schools

Resources Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) accept referrals for students with mild to moderate learning and/or behavioural difficulties.

  • At all times students with the greatest needs will have the highest priority
  • Schools should be able to demonstrate their application of strategies prior to the referral
  • The involvement of other outside agencies, past or present, should be disclosed in order to prevent the duplication of resources.
  • Students whose behaviours are causing serious concern for the safety of themselves or others should be referred to Group Special Education.
  • RTLB have a responsibility to work with schools to alleviate in-school problems, as opposed to out-of-school problems.

RTLB are trained to follow an educational model of service delivery which follows a process from formal referral through to collaboratively planned interventions, monitoring and review. Informal ‘shoulder-tapping’ should not be practised. Once a referral has been accepted (from in-take meetings) the intervention sequence is:

  1. Initial meeting
  2. Data gathering
  3. Analysis
  4. Goal setting
  5. Planning
  6. Implementation
  7. Monitoring
  8. Review
  9. Follow up and reflection
  10. Withdrawal from service

RTLB should not (as per ministry of Education RTLB Policy)

  • Teach a subject
  • Act as a remedial tutor of students with special needs
  • Work as a teacher aide or reliever
  • Take responsibility for a special class or unit
  • Carry out routine school duties
  • Provide a counselling, social work, or truancy service
  • Assume management responsibility for crisis/traumatic incidents
  • Make formal diagnosis (ie:ADHD, dyslexia)
  • Report on a teachers professional abilities or management skills

RTLB follow the policy and procedures as set out by the Ministry of Education in the 2007 MOE RTLB Policy and Toolkit.

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