Non-Teaching Space funding
Learn how the programme works, and how NTS can be spent.
|Level of compliance||Main audience||Other|
If a school receives NTS funding, there are certain conditions of funding detailed below. The Non-Teaching Space (NTS) Deficiency Funding programme provides funding for non-teaching areas when your school has less space than it is entitled to. This funding is not automatic – it goes to schools with the greatest need.
- Key information
- How the programme works
- Spending NTS funding
- Returning unspent NTS funding
- Further information
What it is: NTS is a selective programme that provides financial support to schools with less space than entitled to.
What it is for: The funding is for discretionary use towards non-teaching spaces. There are certain conditions, detailed within this guidance.
The budget: If your school qualifies for NTS funding and makes it onto the programme we’ll notify you and provide you with a budget
Non-teaching areas can include:
- administration areas
- resource areas
The NTS funding programme ranks schools to determine which ones have the greatest need for non-teaching space.
This means there is no guarantee that you will receive funding.
The amount of funding available in any given year will depend on government priorities.
To identify the greatest need we rank schools as follows:
- Schools that have no spare teaching space and have a projected growing roll.
- The percentage deficit of non-teaching space: that is, the amount of deficit of non-teaching space compared to non-teaching space entitlement in percentage terms.
Using percentage deficiency rather than deficiency in square meters is more equitable for schools as it adjusts for the relative size of schools.
You can use your NTS funding to best meet your school’s needs for non-teaching areas.
Boards must :
- attain Ministry approval before your NTS project can begin
- ensure all work meets legislative requirements and Ministry design standards
- build the amount of new square metres you are funded for
- ensure all costs are covered in the project budget, including site works and services.
Your school will be removed from the programme and funding withdrawn if the below conditions are not met:
- a tender report must completed for the NTS project within 12 months of allocation, or the NTS project must be included in your 10YPP within 2 years of receiving funding
- the project has not been incorporated into an existing roll-growth project within 12 months of allocation.
If you have any unspent project funds from your NTS budget you must return them to the Ministry.
We can then:
- accurately record the actual cost of the project in K2
- credit the project savings to your next capital project.
Last reviewed: Has this been useful? Give us your feedback