Attached teacher staffing and funding

Your school may be allocated resource teachers, itinerant teachers, or a regional health school teacher. Here is how allocation and funding work.

Your school’s entitlements for attached teachers

Each of the following full-time positions entitles an employing board to:

  • additional staffing support time of 0.05 full-time teacher equivalent (FTTE)
  • payment of a salary unit.

Attached teachers must be paid from teachers’ salaries (TS). You can only pay these salary units to the named teacher. They are not part of the board’s entitlement.

These attached teachers are:

  • resource teachers of Māori (RTM)
  • resource teachers of hearing impaired (RHI)
  • resource teachers of vision impaired (RVI)
  • resource teachers: literacy (RTLit) 
  • resource teachers: literacy Māori (RTLitM).

Checking you’ve been allocated staffing for attached teachers

You’ll find the provision of staffing for an attached unit and/or an attached teacher on your staffing entitlement notice. Look for ‘Support Time Allowance’. The salary units are identified on the entitlement notice with the named teacher occupying the attached position.

Additional funding for attached teachers

The Ministry makes additional payments for administration and travel to boards that manage cluster resources or have attached teachers. Payments are made for the teachers above, and also for:

  • itinerant teachers of music (ITM (travel only))
  • regional health school teachers (travel only).

Administration grants – their purpose and allocation

This is a standard grant for each position. It is paid to the fund-holder board in a cluster, or to the board to which the teacher is attached. The grant is for administration costs, such as ongoing professional development, cleaning, telephone and fax lines, and cell phones.

Travel grants – their purpose and allocation

Travel grants are for travel related to servicing schools, teachers and students. Travel grants are paid to boards of schools with itinerant positions. Grants are paid to the fund-holder board in each cluster, or the board to which the teacher is attached.

Budget for the cost of travel for attached teachers

Ask attached teachers for a travel programme for approval at the start of the year, to ensure their estimated travel costs fall within the board’s budget.

Apply for changes to the level of travel

Apply to the Ministry to change the level of travel grant for positions. There are 5 travel grant funding rates.

Download the Resource Teacher Travel Application Form [DOCX, 50 KB]

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