Private Schools Resourcing Information
This page provides funding information for private (independent) schools. You can now access Pourato, the Ministry’s resourcing system, to see the latest funding information for your school | kura.
Private School Subsidy Funding
The Ministry makes grants to independent schools from the Private School Subsidy Funding pool. This funding is distributed between schools at a set rate per student.
Distribution of the fund is based on the estimated total private school rolls across New Zealand for the year. If the total private school roll increases, the set rate per student will decrease.
The Private School Subsidy Funding is paid in quarterly instalments as your operational funding. You can view the details in Pourato.
For information about the timing of these payments see Operational funding – Education in New Zealand
Private School Subsidy Funding is distributed in quarterly instalments based on your roll. Funding may be adjusted throughout the year as your roll changes.
Check the table below to see which roll is used to calculate your funding instalments.
Rolls used to calculate funding
|SCHOOL TYPE||JANUARY INSTALMENT||APRIL INSTALMENT||JULY INSTALMENT||OCTOBER INSTALMENT|
|Primary||Provisional roll||actual roll submitted in March 1 roll return or provisional if March is not yet submitted||actual roll submitted in March 1 roll return||actual roll submitted in July 1 roll return|
|Intermediate, area/composite, secondary||Provisional roll||actual roll submitted in March 1 roll return or provisional if March is not yet submitted||actual roll submitted in March 1 roll return||actual roll submitted in March 1 roll return|
The provisional roll is an estimate of student numbers calculated using the last three years of roll information. Funding is initially calculated using your provisional roll and is adjusted throughout the year once your actual rolls are received.
2024 provisional rolls will be calculated and published in mid-September 2023.
You will receive an email notification once your 2024 provisional roll has been published in Pourato.
Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)
Under the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme, ākonga with high learning needs receive a targeted mix of resources. The Ministry of Education:
- contributes to the cost of teacher aides for ORS funded ākonga. The funding is paid termly around the 3rd week of the term
- pays a small consumables grant around the 3rd week of each term
- provides specialist support
- funds specialist teacher time (additional teacher) for each ORS Very High and High verified ākonga.
Specialist teacher time is paid to the school as a lump sum payment around the 5th Wednesday of each term
You can view invoices for these payments in the Secure Data Portal Secure Data Portal (SDP) | Applications & Online Systems(external link)
For more information see Resources for students in Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) - Education in New Zealand
You can view information about your fee-paying international students under the Students tab in Pourato.
Export Education Levy
The Export Education Levy is payable by any education provider that enrols international fee-paying students. For private schools the levy is calculated as 0.5% (including GST).
You can view your Export Education Levy tax invoice in Pourato.
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