Checking visit process for Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)

Ongoing Resourcing Scheme verifiers may visit early childhood centers and schools to ensure that eligibility decisions for ORS are being made consistently.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Educators, Teachers and Kaiako
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • All Early Learning Services
  • Learning Support Coordinators and SENCOs
  • Learning Support Specialist Staff
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
  • Boards
  • Non-Government Agencies
  • Disability Sector

Ongoing Resourcing Scheme verifiers can choose to visit early childhood centres and schools to monitor consistency of decisions. This guidance informs schools and early learning services of what to expect from a checking visit.

About ORS checking visits

The Ministry’s Manager Assurance and Eligibility selects successful and unsuccessful applications processed during a set period of time under a particular criterion.

The verifiers work in pairs and arrange visits to early childhood centres and schools.

The brief visit provides an opportunity for verifiers to:

  • view all available documentation and match it for accuracy with the written application
  • observe the child or student in their educational programme to note their learning achievements, learning dispositions and key competencies in context
  • gather any new relevant information
  • meet educators and parents or caregivers in person.

Pairs of verifiers report details of each visit to the full panel of verifiers. They collate and review the information to determine whether verifiers are consistently applying the criterion.

What happens after a checking visit

The Manager Assurance and Eligibility writes to thank early childhood centres and schools for their cooperation and provides feedback about the consistency of the verification process.

Where the verifiers consider they made an error of judgement in the original decision the manager will provide the following advice:

If ... Then ...

The child or student is in ORS and doesn't appear to meet a criterion

The educator is advised that the student shouldn't be used as a marker for other applications

The child or student appears to meet a criterion and isn't in ORS

The educator is given information about the type of information to include in a:

  • request for a review, or
  • new application

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