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This course is designed to provide support for students who may experience difficulty with academic subjects at NCEA level.

The course is based around the key competencies of the national curriculum and enables students to have an increased sense of ownership and control of their own learning to raise levels of motivation, achievement and self esteem.  This course also provides opportunities to achieve selected study and work skill Unit Standards at Level 1, 2 and 3.

Students manage themselves, set targets, solve problems and work with others. Students also gain skills and qualifications to prepare for employment.  The emphasis is on cooperation rather than competition, on negotiation between students and tutors, and on rewarding achievement.

Students are encouraged to attend work experience placement in their chosen areas and examine vocational training programmes for future study.

A key component of this course is the Tuakana / Teina programme with Rutherford Primary School. Students have a choice of activities they can participate in to support Teina at the primary school.

Selected Year 12 and 13 students have the opportunity to attend a First Aid Programme in the July holidays – an external provider comes in and runs a two day programme at Rutherford College.​

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