Targeted support for at-risk ākonga

A funding package has been provided from Budget 20 for targeted support for the 5,530 students in at-risk settings in Alternative Education, Activity Centres, Teen Parent Units and Te Kura Gateway programmes.

This support targets learners already at risk of disengagement, who are likely to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 disruptions.

Funding is provided from the 2020 and 2021 years to support these students to re-engage with their learning, and/or to successfully transition on to further education, training or employment.

Enhanced Wellbeing Fund (EWF)

The Enhanced Wellbeing Fund is to provide ākonga/students in at-risk settings support for their continued participation and engagement in education.

Around 5,530 students will benefit, with funding on a per student basis to providers in Alternative Education, Activity Centres, Teen Parent Units and Te Kura at-risk gateway until the end of the 2021 school year.

Wraparound transition support for ākonga moving out of at-risk settings

Existing providers can apply for additional funding to improve support for students transitioning to other training, employment or further education. The fund will also be used to co-design a transition model specifically for Alternative Education (AE) and Activity Centres (AC) providers.

Professional Learning and Development (PLD) for alternative providers

Providers can apply for additional PLD funding to build staff capability to respond to student wellbeing needs.

PLD is also intended to upskill staff in dealing with stress, anxiety, and challenging behaviour in students.

Alternative Education (AE) funding for a temporary extension for ākonga aging out of AE only

The support package includes funding for additional places in alternative education to enable students to remain on for an extra year, without taking the place of newcomers.

For any further details on the package providers should contact their regional offices

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