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The STPDS programme is a holistic approach to wellbeing.  The programme is divided into five seminars and interactive workshops on curriculum areas and inclusive teaching practice. 

Seminars on Supporting Teaching Practice for students with learning disability and Down Syndrome including wellbeing, UNCRPD, theory and practical application  and are aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum and focus on the key competencies.

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The STPDS Programme


Reading and writing, understanding symbols and text


Participation and contribution. Social communication and speech articulation

Social Skills

Social skill development, social inclusion strategies and behaviour management – relating to others, managing self


New Zealand Curriculum link - thinking, understanding symbols and text. Online practice. Skills for life; time, maths and money

Computer & Technology

Use of standard programs to allow for success in modern life

Individual Education Plan (IEP) & the key competencies

Setting goals and planning learning pathway, skill, support and independence.


  • Five professional development seminars and a six month follow up progress seminar. The option of school visits.

  • Supported discussion of current practice, resources, and shared schools’ experiences.

  • An opportunity to work with other schools as part of a professional learning community.

  • An opportunity to learn with other families’ whānau as part of a professional learning network.

  • STPDS Education Resource Pack ©

  • Access to the STPDS Resource Display Library and online forum programme.




The STPDS professional development programme is a seminar series consisting of interactive seminar series and workshops over the year on reflective practice, research, and resources. Seminars are delivered in two-day seminar topic events with each seminar building knowledge and capability across the school team and the parent and school relationship. Parent information sessions are also held.

The schools within the STPDS regional programmes have the opportunity to reach out to each other to build a learning network within the seminar programme to share strategies, practice strengths and pro-actively address the needs in their local community. The STPDS programme encourages schools to build learning networks and has an online site.

Collaborations with teachers, parents, family/whānau, and other agencies


The target audience would and can include:

  • Classroom teacher

  • Teacher aide

  •  SENCO

  •  Principal, Deputy Principal

  •  Specialist teacher (.1 or.2 position as part of ORS)

  • Learning Support personnel involved with the students

  • Board of Trustee/s

  • Parent, family/whānau

  • Disability organisation/s and Community group.

Who is STPDS Designed for
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