Funding for small schools

Information about funding for primary schools with less than two full-time teacher equivalent (FTTE) employees.

  • In 2019, as part of the settlement of the Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement, it was agreed that primary schools with less than two full-time teacher equivalents would receive additional operational funding.
  • This funding is to engage support staff to make up the difference to two (2) full-time equivalent employees (inclusive of the principal) during the school day.
  • The base hourly rate is set in the Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement(external link) which will increase each year in line with the top set of grade B set out in Part 3.2.2.
  • We add 10% for holiday pay and ACC levy to the base hourly rate – this is the hourly rate we use to calculate your funding.

To calculate the annual funding for small schools, we use the following formula:, 

  • Hourly rate x 30 hours per week x 40 weeks per year x (2 – staffing entitlement)

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