Primary and secondary education initiatives

Details of the main primary and secondary education initiatives announced by the Government in Budget 2012.

InitiativeDescription
Alignment of achievement standards to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Operating funding
  • 2012/13 $2.840m
  • 2013/14 $2.840m
  • 2014/15 $2.840m
  • 2015/16 $ -
Four year total: $8.520m
$8.5 million over four years has been targeted to develop stronger assessment resources and standards to support learners to achieve NCEA in Māori-medium education.

The national curriculum, consisting of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC), sets the direction for teaching and learning in New Zealand schools. These documents are not currently a translation of each other and as a result, a new suite of achievement standards and associated resources are required to align with the revised Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
Extra parenting programmes and relationship education

Operating funding
  • 2012/13 $1.000m
  • 2013/14 $1.000m
  • 2014/15 $1.000m
  • 2015/16 $1.000m
Four year total: $4.000m
As part of the confidence and supply agreement between the National and United Future parties, $4 million over four years has been re-prioritised in Budget 2012 to fund extra parenting programmes and relationship education in secondary schools.
Funding of extra staffing for large composite schools

Operating funding
  • 2011/12 $0.391m
  • 2012/13 $0.782m
  • 2013/14 $0.782m
  • 2014/15 $0.782m
  • 2015/16 $0.782m
Four year total: $3.128m
This funding acknowledges the complexity of large composite schools, and supports the management structures to lead the ‘schools within a school’. Additional staffing resources will be given to composite schools with rolls greater than 750 pupils. This resourcing will rise further for schools with rolls over 1,400. Providing this funding will help these large composite schools to better manage their focus towards improved learner outcomes.
Network management of school property capital management

Operating funding
  • 2012/13 $3.050m
  • 2013/14 $3.050m
  • 2014/15 $3.050m
  • 2015/16 $ -
Four year total: $9.150m
The cost of the rebuild of Christchurch, the strengthening of building standards nationwide, addressing leaky building issues and responding to growth in urban areas will generate particularly large demands on capital.

Budget 2012 announced a significant nationwide review of school property management. A new strategic investment approach to school property will be required to alleviate these long-term cost pressures.

Funding within this initiative allows for the significant additional advice, network analysis, community engagement and coordination that will be required to develop this strategic investment approach in response to the conclusions of the review.
Targeted increase to schools' operations grants

Operating funding
  • 2012/13 $11.836m
  • 2013/14 $23.457m
  • 2014/15 $23.569m
  • 2015/16 $23.753m
Four year total: $82.615m
Schools’ operations grants have been increased by $82.6 million over four years, to increase the resources that schools can use flexibly to address the needs of learners.

A targeted increase of 3.74% has been applied to the per pupil components of the grant, to increase the funding based on the distribution of learners.

This increase is equivalent to a 2% increase in the overall level of the grant, ensuring its real value is maintained in light of cost increases based on Treasury’s CPI forecast rate of inflation.

Primary and secondary education contingencies

InitiativeDescription
Initiatives to accelerate achievement for priority learners

Operating funding
  • 2012/13 $13.296m
  • 2013/14 $13.296m
  • 2014/15 $2.133m
  • 2015/16 $4.230m
Four year total: $32.955m
The focus of this funding is to support programmes that are proven to directly improve the achievement of our priority learners. This initiative supports investments in recent Budgets for priority learners, such as Youth Guarantee, Te Kotahitanga, and He Kākano. Focusing on our priority learners will support the Better Public Services target of having 85% of 18 year olds achieve NCEA Level 2 or equivalent by 2016.

This funding has been set aside as a contingency.
School Network Upgrade Project

Operating funding
  • 2012/13 $7.563m
  • 2013/14 $2.373m
  • 2014/15 $3.455m
  • 2015/16 $3.455m
Four year total: $16.846m

Capital funding

  • 2012/13 $33.787m
  • 2013/14 $ -
  • 2014/15 $ -
  • 2015/16 $ -
Four year total: $33.787m

Four-year total (capital and operating): $50.633
As part of the rollout of ultra-fast broadband, the Government has made a commitment to provide fibre to 97% of schools by 2016. Funding within this initiative will continue the School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP) to provide schools with ultra-fast broadband. Further detail on this initiative can be found in the School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP) section (external link) .

This funding has been set aside as a contingency.

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