About school staffing
Each year, an Education (School Staffing) Order in Council is made under section 91H of the Education Act 1989.
The order establishes the entitlements and limitations on staffing for schools. Teachers’ collective agreements also help determine some staffing provisions.
You can use the school staffing calculator to estimate your school’s staffing entitlement.
School staffing consists of entitlement staffing, and some or all of the following.
- Special education staffing — Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)
- Additional staffing
- Staffing transfers
- Teacher-specific staffing allowances
- Staffing for attached units or attached teachers
Your board of trustees can also employ teachers from operational funding and any funds your school raises locally.
The entitlement staffing your school receives each year for employing teachers and its components, including:
- curriculum staffing
- management staffing
- guidance staffing, salary units, and
- senior and middle management allowances.
The rules for employing teachers from operational funding.
How to time the use of your staffing entitlement, including the rules you must follow, and how to monitor your usage of banking staffing.
Summary of the school staffing cycle, and information about:
- the provisional staffing round
- the provisional roll review
- 1 March confirmation process, and
- permanent appointments.
Surplus staffing support
What to do if you get a reduction in your staffing entitlement — information, criteria and timelines for surplus staffing support.
Teacher-specific staffing allowances and additional staffing.
Staffing transfer agreements
Staffing transfer agreements for making use of specialist staff in other schools, including new and recurring agreements, and updating and ending agreements.
Get help and information
Who to contact for help with staffing entitlements, allowances, and processes.
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