At MAC, we recognise that every student has unique needs and learning styles. Our learning approach focuses on differentiated teaching and learning so every student can fulfil their potential and achieve success, whatever that looks like for them. We also provide support to students with special learning needs ranging from literacy and numeracy support, a fit-for-purpose special education learning environment supported by a dedicated team of highly skilled staff, and programmes designed to meet the needs of students who have the ability or potential to perform at a level significantly beyond their chronologically aged peers.

In-class support

Across all year levels, teachers differentiate their teaching programmes to meet the needs of our students. Our team of teacher aides works closely with classroom teachers to support students with additional learning needs. Our teacher aides can support students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia, neurodiverse learners, students with physical and intellectual impairments, and students with mental health conditions. The degree of support given to different students will depend on each student’s individual needs and the resources available.

Special assessment conditions

Students can also apply for special assessment conditions if they can meet certain NZQA criteria. Students who may qualify for NZQA-approved assistance are identified at school and should have documentation submitted to support their case by the end of Year 10. Such assistance can take the form of a person to read or write assessments, access to separate accommodation, allocation of extra time, and the use of a computer and different-sized fonts for exam papers. Students entering MAC for the first time at Years 11, 12 or 13 must provide us with documentation from their previous school to support such an application.