Heather Nimmo is the Resource Teacher of Literacy for the Hurunui Cluster.
The Resource Teacher of Literacy (RTLit) Hurunui, is a specialist teacher who supports and assists staff in the cluster schools to meet the needs of year one to eight students experiencing difficulties with literacy learning. The RTLit service identifies those students with persistent learning needs who will require ongoing specialist support.
The RTLit service identifies those students with persistent learning needs who will require ongoing specialist support.
RTLit support may focus on reading and/or writing and/or oral language development. RTLit provide advice, modelling and guidance for classroom teachers who work with students on the RTLit roll. The RTLit may also provide direct instruction to individuals or small-groups of students who require intensive instruction.
The Hurunui RTLit is employed by Waipara School, the host school and works across 17 schools within the Hurunui cluster. RTLit management and governance are the responsibility of the management committee, which consists of representatives of principals in the cluster of schools she works with. Guidance for these operational matters is contained in the Operations Manual.
The Resource Teachers Literacy Professional Practice Manual is intended to provide schools, management committees, host principals and RTLit with some clear guidelines of good practice to increase effectiveness and access, and to ensure common understandings of key terminology / definitions. It describes parameters for RTLit work and provides clarity as they make professional and deliberate decisions about how they support primary age students with the highest literacy needs - and the schools of these students.