Specialist staff

Resource Teacher of Literacy

I am Michelle Urmson, the Resource Teacher of Literacy (RTLit) for the Westland Cluster.

I service all the schools in Westland (10 schools), Y1- Y8. I am based at Hokitika Primary School.

Teachers who have concerns about students' literacy knowledge refer them to me for an assessment in literacy skills. I then design programmes for these students and either work 1:1 with them or in small groups. Teachers can also implement the programmes in class.

I usually work with students for two terms, three days a week. They are assessed regularly to ascertain their progress. Parent support and consultation is always encouraged and valued.

Reading Recovery Teacher

We are very fortunate to have a skilled Reading Recovery teacher at HPS - Andrea Peters.

Reading Recovery is an early literacy intervention that provides trained one-to-one teaching for children who have made slow progress learning to read and write in their first year of school.

Children in Reading Recovery will be taught in a one to one situation with Whaea Andrea for 30 minutes every day for a period of about 17-20 weeks, depending on how long is needed. In each day's lesson they will write a story and read several books. Most children catch up quickly with the average level of their class. A small number of children are identified for further assessment and ongoing specialist help.