Pourato is the Ministry of Education online resourcing system.

Pourato makes it fast and easy to view and track funding and staffing entitlement information online and be confident that you’ve got the latest updates.

Resourcing information is published in Pourato once approved by the delegation approver on behalf of the Ministry. Operational funding is calculated and published quarterly.

A bank reference number is added to a payment or instalment in Pourato once paid into the school or kura bank account.

During 2023, Pourato will be enhanced for schools and kura, and it is in development for the early learning sector.

What does Pourato do?

  • Calculates quarterly operational resourcing entitlements
  • Provides access to the latest resourcing information
  • Prompts a school or kura to check Pourato to view changes when made.

Key benefits for schools and kura:

  • Easier to view funding and staffing entitlements and instalments
  • Easier to track the change history
  • Easier to access resourcing information in one place
  • Easier for the Ministry to provide support.

How can schools and kura access Pourato?

Schools and kura can access Pourato through the Education Sector Login (ESL). New staff wanting access can get it through the ESL Delegated Authoriser in their school or kura.

For further guidance, refer to:

How to log in to Pourato(external link)

Finding information in Pourato(external link)

Education Resourcing System (ERS)

ERS will continue to be used to request Additional Relief Teacher Funding (ARTF) for schools, Jury service payments, and for playgroup operational funding. Eventually this functionality will be incorporated into Pourato.

Because Pourato will be used alongside the existing Education Resourcing System (ERS), schools and kura will continue to receive email notifications when payments have been made from both systems.

For the early learning sector

Pourato will be extended to the early learning sector. Updates will be provided in due course on when it will be available.

Playgroups will continue to use the ERS for operational funding until further notice.

Meaning of Pourato

The name Pourato reflects the purpose of the system. The first part ‘pou’ means direct, guide or support; the second part ‘rato’ means to provide, service or distribute.

Pronunciation Guide

Pou as in ‘dough’ or ‘poh’
Ra as in ‘far’ or ‘rah’
To as in ‘taw’ (rhymes with claw)

Listening to the sector

Pourato is all about improving how we deliver resourcing to education providers, so we want to hear your feedback.

The sector can give feedback by emailing: pourato@education.govt.nz

Pourato updates

Education providers will be updated on enhancements to Pourato through the School Bulletin and Early Learning Bulletin. Updates may also be provided through email or the local Te Mahau office and Education Advisors.

More information is available on Pourato | Applications & Online Systems(external link)

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