Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)

This directory will connect you to information regarding the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme.

Level of complianceMain audienceOther


  • 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

The Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) provides support for students with the highest ongoing levels of need for specialist support. The scheme enables them to attend school and participate alongside other students.

Overview of ORS

This overview of ORS states what funding provides, who qualifies, how funding is managed and how to resolve any challenging scenarios.

Criteria for ORS

An overview table of the ORS criteria is available. This table links to the definitions of the nine ORS criteria and examples of students who may meet them.

Apply for ORS

Learn how to select and fill out an application form for ORS.

Verification process for ORS

Learn how ORS applications are assessed after an application is made.

Individual Observation visit process for ORS

Find out about Individual Observation visits. An observation visit may be needed as part of the verification process.

Checking visit processes for ORS

ORS verifiers may visit early childhood centres and schools to check that eligibility decisions for ORS are being made consistently.

Review and appeal processes for ORS

Learn how to review or appeal an ORS application decision.

Resources for students in ORS

Learn about the resources that ORS funding provides and how to make the best use of them. These resources include specialists, additional teachers, teacher aide time and consumables.

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