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

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:

  • ORS
  • 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.

When we pay teacher aide resource funding

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)
U3+ $21.85 
U1 and U2 $22.63

We’ll confirm payment into your account by email and provide a tax invoice for your records.

Funding during the school year

We fund:

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.

Consumables grant for students in ORS

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
High Needs $280.56
On School High Health Needs Fund Does not receive the consumables grant

Important — Reviewing your resource allocation

Remember that you can request an informal/formal review of a student’s teacher aide resource allocation at any time during the school year.

What happens when a verified student enrols or leaves your school

Support needs to go to the right school.

If an ORS or SHHNF student... THEN...

Enrols or leaves your school

  • Make sure you update ENROL, and
  • Also let us know if there are any other changes that may affect this resource such as changes in circumstances for the student or the teacher aide
Leaves your school

We can continue teacher aide funding for:

  • 2 weeks, or
  • as negotiated and confirmed with the learning support or fund manager

If your bank account details have changed

Email: 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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