All of Te Kura’s full-time and early childhood students are required to have a nominated supervisor who is available to help them during the day. This is usually a parent or a close relative.
As supervisors, you play an important role in supporting your students and helping them to develop the skills and knowledge to become independent learners. You are expected to provide the following support.
Provide a suitable learning space
Your student will need a learning environment that meets their physical needs, such as a clear space to do their work, good light and suitable stationery supplies.
Ensure your student has the equipment they need
Your student will need a computer and access to the internet. Refer to our checklist to ensure they have everything they require.
Support your student’s learning
As well as getting involved in your student’s learning, you need to ensure their wellbeing. This includes encouraging them to take regular breaks, drink water, and look away from the computer screen at least every 20 minutes. See our advice for supporting learning.
Ensure that any other people in the house know there is valuable learning going on. Encourage them to keep distractions to a minimum and be respectful of your student’s learning space.
Seek help when you need it
Remember, our staff are here to help. Our learning advisors and teachers will involve you in your student’s learning and answer any questions you might have about supporting your student. The email address structure for Te Kura teachers is Firstname.Surname@tekura.school.nz.
Working with teachers or learning advisors
Developing a learning programme
Your student’s teacher or learning advisor will work with you and your student to develop a learning programme based on your student’s interests and abilities. Your student will receive emails, texts, letters or phone calls from their teacher or learning advisor with feedback on their school work. If your student is learning online, they’ll be able to communicate online with their teacher and get feedback on their work as they go. They might also be in touch using Skype or YouSeeU, particularly if you are overseas.
When to make contact
Contact your student’s teachers and learning advisors if:
- your student is having difficulties with online access
- your student is doesn’t have enough work to do or the work doesn’t arrive on time
- your student receives the wrong booklets or something is missing
- the school work is too easy or too difficult
- medical or family circumstances are affecting your student’s schoolwork
- your student’s home address, phone number, fax or email address has changed.
If your question isn’t covered on our website don’t hesitate to contact your student’s learning advisor or teacher by email, telephone, post or fax.
If you don’t know the name of your student’s learning advisor or teacher, email us or ring 0800 65 99 88 and tell us your student’s name and ID number.