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NZQA Approved Course Owner


Carolyn Baines (Director) Curriculum Developer & Quality Assurance  Manager


Welcome to the SPEC website

Our aim is to ensure students become motivated and re-engaged in their learning, and help them become independent learners equipped for life after school.  The SPEC programmes are written to provide a framework that encourages a self-directed approach to learning, with a focus on developing the key competencies. The programmes are NZQA approved for two New Zealand qualifications below, that have a focus on developing competencies, and provide the skills needed for work and/or further learning.

The ethos and principles of our programmes directly link to the New Zealand curriculum’s vision for Directions for Learning;  “Young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners”.

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   SPEC has NZQA programme approval for:

   The New Zealand Certificates in Foundation Skill Level 1 and

   The New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners Level 1

    with an Optional  Strand for Skills for Work

   Click on the leaflets below for more information about the NZQA approved SPEC programmes

    and pathways for the two new New Zealand Qualifications.

NZ Quals 2016 Updates RTLB Page In House Training SPEC Excellence Schools

What we offer

Verification  Australian Website Teacher Aide PD 2017

SPEC will be launching a new Reading Scheme in 2017, written and designed for students who have not

learned to read through the usual conventional methods. The resources are suitable for any age of student and

indeed an adult non reader. The scheme provides a structured approach to word learning, sentence building and

comprehension exercises, and each reading book has an associated workbook.  

The reading books themselves have a sequential storyline leaving a ‘cliff hanger’ on the last page of each book,

so students are motivated to find out what happens next.  The first set of six books aims to teach the student a

100 sight words, learned through picture association.

The ‘starter’ packs include one reading book, one set of A5 flash cards with the pictures and associated words,

and two sets of words, and two sets of picture cards, enabling a whole variety of games to be played to ensure

the words are learned thoroughly before the student actually gets to read the book.  

Click on each cover page to find out more.

2017 - Term 1 TRAINING NZQA link


Reading Scheme


NEW Reading Scheme