Information for schools about teacher aide funding
The Ministry of Education contributes towards teacher aide funding for students verified in the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) and the School High Health Needs Fund (SHHNF). We also contribute towards teacher aide funding for the behaviour and communication services and pay a set amount of funding for In-Class Support.
- How we allocate teacher aide funding
- When we pay teacher aide resource funding
- Funding during the school year
- Consumables grant for students in ORS
- Important — Reviewing your resource allocation
- What happens when a verified student enrols or leaves your school
- If your bank account details have changed
We have a finite pool of funding for teacher aide support.
We allocate that funding based on the information provided by you and our staff. We may adjust the funding if:
- the teacher aide start date changes
- we all agree that support for a student needs to be renegotiated.
The funding is allocated to students receiving support through:
- School High Health Needs Fund
- In-Class Support
- Behaviour Services, and
- Communication Services.
Funding is allocated according to the identified support needs of the student
Each Ministry of Education region is a fund holder, and must use funding as intended. Funding is allocated as identified in the collaborative process between school, family and Ministry of Education staff.
Funding for teacher aides is paid into your school bank account in the fourth week of each school term. All payments are GST inclusive and we base these on:
|School Type||Notional hourly rate (GST inclusive)|
|U1 and U2||$22.63|
We’ll confirm payment into your account by email and provide a tax invoice for your records.
|School Type||TERM 1||TERM 2||TERM 3||TERM 4||Total Weeks|
|Primary and intermediate||10 weeks||10 weeks||10 weeks||9 weeks||39|
|Secondary and composite||9 weeks||10 weeks||10 weeks||9 weeks||38|
Secondary students verified through the ORS should still attend school at exam time.
If you have students in the ORS, we’ll include a quarterly instalment of the annual consumables grant at the same time we pay your teacher aide resource funding.
|For each student verified as:||Annual grant (GST inclusive)|
|Very High Needs||$561.20|
|On School High Health Needs Fund||Does not receive the consumables grant|
Remember that you can request an informal/formal review of a student’s teacher aide resource allocation at any time during the school year.
Support needs to go to the right school.
|If an ORS or SHHNF student...||THEN...|
Enrols or leaves your school
|Leaves your school||
We can continue teacher aide funding for:
Email: email@example.com or phone us if your school has changed its bank account details.
Free call (NZ only): 0800 663 999 (select option 1)
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