Your role

All of Te Kura’s full-time and early childhood students are required to have a nominated supervisor who is available to help them during the day. This is usually a parent or a close relative.

Key tasks

As supervisors, you play an important role in supporting your students and helping them to develop the skills and knowledge to become independent learners. You are expected to provide the following support.

Provide a suitable learning space

Your student will need a learning environment that meets their physical needs, such as a clear space to do their work, good light and suitable stationery supplies.

Ensure your student has the equipment they need

Your student will need a computer and access to the internet. Refer to our checklist to ensure they have everything they require.

Support your student’s learning

As well as getting involved in your student’s learning, you need to ensure their wellbeing. This includes encouraging them to take regular breaks, drink water, and look away from the computer screen at least every 20 minutes. See our advice for supporting learning.

Minimise distractions

Ensure that any other people in the house know there is valuable learning going on. Encourage them to keep distractions to a minimum and be respectful of your student’s learning space.

Seek help when you need it

Remember, our staff are here to help. Our learning advisors and teachers will involve you in your student’s learning and answer any questions you might have about supporting your student. The email address structure for Te Kura teachers is

Working with teachers or learning advisors

Developing a learning programme

Your student’s teacher or learning advisor will work with you and your student to develop a learning programme based on your student’s interests and abilities. Your student will receive emails, texts, letters or phone calls from their teacher or learning advisor with feedback on their school work. If your student is learning online, they’ll be able to communicate online with their teacher and get feedback on their work as they go. They might also be in touch using Skype or YouSeeU, particularly if you are overseas.

When to make contact

Contact your student’s teachers and learning advisors if:

Any questions?

If your question isn’t covered on our website don’t hesitate to contact your student’s learning advisor or teacher by email, telephone, or post.

If you don’t know the name of your student’s learning advisor or teacher, email us or ring 0800 65 99 88 and tell us your student’s name and ID number.