Learning Support and SENCo

Learning Support and SENCo
Woodville School prides ourselve in knowing our students’ needs and not much goes unnoticed. All of our teachers know all students really well and readily adapt things to respond to the learning needs.
Learning Support Co-ordinator –
Woodville School has a learning Support Co-ordinator for 3 days a week.
Carol Laubscher is a valued member of our team – supporting individuals and groups. She is able to observe students, work alongside teachers to design programmes of work and she can lead problem solving situations to ensure we are able to provide the very best for all our students. 

Introducing Carol – our Specialist Teacher / Learning Support Coordinator (LSC)


Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Child Psychology, Certificate in Pre-school Education, Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Child Play Therapy, Certificate in Sandtray therapy, Graduate Diploma in Movement Therapy

Carol has been teaching since her second child was born, in 1983. She taught pre-school, both mainstream and Montessori, in South Africa, before she and her family emigrated from South Africa in 2006. She subsequently re-trained as a Primary Teacher in New Zealand in 2017 and enjoyed teaching for some years in the Wairarapa/Manawatu area when she taught a variety of ages in various primary schools.

Back in South Africa whilst teaching preschool, Carol became increasingly concerned about the growing numbers of children with learning barriers, and the education system’s inability to recognise and treat these children. She thus trained in Neurodevelopmental Therapy and, once in NZ, started her own clinic treating children with a variety of disorders, such as: autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia, global developmental delay etc. She also went on to qualify as a Child Play Therapist.

In 2021, after teaching Primary for 5 years, Carol desired to find an educational sector role that would better allow her to use her expertise in helping children. She now works as a Learning Support Co-ordinator in two schools.

A full range of support services offered by the Ministry of Education to schools can be found here:
Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo)


Woodville School has a dedicated SENCo.

The SENCO has a critical role to play in ensuring that children with special educational needs and disabilities within a school receive the support they need.

The type of responsibilities our SENCo has are:

Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy.

  • Supporting the identification of children with special educational needs.
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with SEN.
  • Liaising with parents of children with SEN.
  • Liaising with other providers, outside agencies, educational psychologists and external agencies.
  • Ensuring that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date.
There are outside agencies and extra support that the school can access and apply for:
ORS (Ongoing Resource Scheme)
ICS (In Class Support)

Behaviour Programme Support Funding

RTLB (Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour)
SLT (Speech and Language)
OT (Occupational Therapist)