School funding for Programmes for Students (PfS): ALL, ALiM and MST

Funding for Accelerating Learning in Literacy (ALL) and Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM), and Mathematics Support Teacher (MST).

Accelerating Learning in Literacy (ALL) and Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM)

Each year, the Ministry funds $4,000 (GST excl) per place through the school’s operations grant as a contribution towards teacher participation in the programme.

We expect that schools will also contribute to their teachers’ programme. Ministry funding supports:

  • teacher release to support teacher participation in programme
  • student monitoring meetings
  • preparation for intervention e.g. parent meetings
  • coaching
  • data collection/assessment/observation
  • reporting

Funding for ALL and ALiM is paid through your operations grant in April or July.

Mathematics Support Teacher (MST)—

MST schools receive funding support from the Ministry to release a teacher from a portion of their usual classroom teaching
Costs are shared between the Ministry and the school, with the Ministry contribution paid through the school’s operations grant.
Total funding (Ministry and school) for an MST role is based on the current Step 11 teacher base salary and the size of the MST role.

  • As the school roll increases so does the size of the MST role, as shown in the table:
School roll  (Years 1 – 8 ) MST role (FTTE) Percent of teacher’s base salary that is funded
0 – 130 0.2 20%
131 – 184 0.3 30%
185 – 234 0.4 40%
235 – 415 0.5 50%
416 – 494 0.6 60%
495 – 598 0.75 75%
599 + 1 100%

Schools fund a proportion that is dependent on the decile of the school, as shown in the table:

Decile Ministry funds School funds
Decile 1-4 80% 20%
Decile 5-8 60% 40%
Decile 9-10 40% 60%

In addition, the Ministry funds:

  • mentor support
  • workshops.

Please note that MSTs can also apply for $1,000 towards postgraduate papers under the Tertiary fees funding support (TFFS) scheme.

To find out more: Tertiary fees funding support (TFFS) scheme — Literacy Online website(external link)

Checking you've received your funding

You will know you've received your funding by checking on the operations grant instalment notice financial summary and operations grant remittance advice. Refer to the following example to see how the funds will be recorded.

Operations Grant instalment example and remittance advice example [DOCX, 17 KB]

Using the funding

You should use the funding to support ALL, ALiM and MST.

You should not use the funding for other purposes such as buying digital technology, resource books or materials and/or Professional Learning and Development (PLD).

Withdrawing from any of the programmes

ALL or ALiM

If you've received funding in the operations grant but have withdrawn from the programme we'll reclaim any funding in the next operations grant.

MST

If you've received funding in the operations grant but have withdrawn from the programme we'll reclaim any funding in the next operations grant. We'll fund the MST in proportion until the date the MST teacher stops being involved in the MST inquiry.

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