Review of Special Education unit standards

Closed 10 May 2019

NZQA National Qualifications Services invites feedback on seven reviewed and three new unit standards in the Special Education subfield.

The other two standards from the Special Education subfield were reviewed in 2018 and reregistered in March of this year.  Please see our change report for more information.

These standards are being reviewed to maintain their currency. This review has been informed by feedback from primary users of the standards as well as those with personal and professional experience in the inclusive education sector.

The key changes proposed are:

  • Expiring 7282 (Level 5) and replacing it with two Level 3 standards, 7282a and 7282b.
  • Expiring 9143 due to lack of usage.
  • Reducing the levels of 9135 and 9144 to better reflect the skill levels expected of candidates.
  • Amending all other standards to clarify intent and reflect current inclusive education practice and terminology.
  • Amending the subfield from Special Education to Inclusive Education and consolidating to a single domain called Learning Support.

Important note: These draft standards are for consultation purposes only. No assessment can occur against these standards until the listed versions are published.

Unit standard details

Level 3
ID Credits Title
7282a (PDF, 76KB) 4 Support behaviour change for young people with challenging behaviour
7282b (PDF, 91KB) 5 Prepare for and carry out an observation of a young person in an education setting or organisation
7289 (PDF, 101KB) 4 Support young people to enhance physical function through positioning and mobility
7299a (PDF, 78KB) 2 Demonstrate knowledge of individual learning plans
9144 (PDF, 92KB) 10 Assist with implementation of strategies to facilitate meaningful learning for young people with learning support needs
21224 (PDF, 95KB) 3 Demonstrate knowledge of challenges and issues related to young people with specific physical needs


Level 4
ID Credits Title
7282 10 Expire and replace with 7282a and 7282b
7299 (PDF, 93KB) 4 Contribute to the development and implementation of an individual learning plan for a young person
9135 (PDF, 77KB) 6 Identify and apply relevant legislation and guidelines for working with young people with learning support needs
9143 6 Expire without replacement


We invite comment on any aspect of these reviewed standards. Please send your responses to by Friday 10 May 2019.

The feedback will be used to further develop the standards to ensure that they meet the needs of the sector.

Thank you in advance for your help. We look forward to hearing from you.


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