Welcome to the NZSL@School Information page. The purpose of this page is to provide schools, parents and Deaf education professionals involved in NZSL@School with the information and resources required.

NZSL@School is a new initiative (2014) and as it is implemented, it will grow and change to reflect the needs of deaf students, their parents/whānau and schools and any wider changes occurring within special education. This site will be regularly updated with new information over the next year for schools, parents and deaf education professionals. Please review regularly.

What is NZSL@School and what is its purpose?

The purpose of the NZSL@School is to support schools create learning environments so that deaf children, whose primary face-to-face language is New Zealand Sign Language achieve educationally at the same level as their hearing peers and are confident and secure in who they are as a deaf person. As a result, NZSL@School provides a range of support to schools, deaf students and parents/whānau, in addition to any other special education support deaf students receive, to help schools understand and provide learning environments that meet the learning, communication and cultural needs of deaf students who use NZSL.

The information currently includes:

  • The NZSL@School Guidelines for Schools and Educationalists
  • The NZSL@School Application Form - a form to apply to access NZSL@School (to be completed by schools)
  • The NZSL@School Resourcing Form (and example) – a form to access NZSL@School support for students on NZSL@School
  • NZSL@School Schools FAQ Information- a brief overview of NZSL@School for schools which Deaf Education professionals are able to provide to schools
  • NZSL@School Information for Parents
  • NZSL@School Newsletters.

NZSL@School Contacts



Updated Sept 2015

To make either a new application for NZSL @ Schools support or reapply for a student already in the programme, please email Andrea Hinchey via nzslschool@deafeducation.nz for an application form.