Primary and secondary education initiatives

Details of the main primary and secondary education initiatives announced by the Government in Budget 2013.

InitiativesDescription
1.9% Cost Adjustment to Schools Operational Grant

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $11.235m
  • 2014/15 $22.623m
  • 2015/16 $22.707m
  • 2016/17 $22.602m
Four Year Total $79.167m
Schools’ operations grants will rise by 1.9% from the 2014 school year.

The increase exceeds the forecast inflation rate for 2013, which is currently estimated to be 1.8%.

The increase will reduce financial pressures and allow schools to maintain their focus on student achievement.
Additional Funding for Positive Behaviour for Learning

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $14.494m
  • 2014/15 $16.528m
  • 2015/16 $16.280m
  • 2016/17 $16.280m
Four Year Total $63.582m
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) programmes and initiatives aim to improve the behaviour and wellbeing of children and young people. They are designed to help parents, whānau, teachers and schools build positive relationships and create safe and inclusive learning environments where children and young people can thrive and achieve. Additional funding for PB4L over four years (2013-2017) will enable an additional:
  • 200 primary and intermediate schools to implement PB4L School-Wide
  • 8000 parents/caregivers to participate in Incredible Years Parent
  • 6,000 teachers to participate in Incredible Years Teacher
  • 200 schools to implement Restorative Practice.
Quality Teaching Programme

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $11.661m
  • 2014/15 $11.349m
  • 2015/16 $8.659m
  • 2016/17 $5.859m
Four Year Total $37.528m
The Quality Teaching Agenda is a package of interconnected initiatives designed to lift the quality of teaching and strengthen the teaching profession. The Quality Teaching Agenda will be progressed by the following activities over the period of this plan:
  • support the transition to a more effective professional body for teachers as identified in the recent Ministerial review of the New Zealand Teachers Council
  • lift the entry standards and quality of initial teacher education, including Māori medium programmes, the quality of practicum support for trainee teachers and coaching and mentoring for beginning teachers
  • improve principal and teacher appraisal linked to professional learning and development opportunities through a focus on evidence-based approaches and the provision of targeted intervention and support for principals, teachers and schools
  • develop a framework for promoting and supporting potential professional leaders of teaching practice
  • implement a strategy to strengthen the value and raise the status of teaching by exploring the nature of teaching in the 21st century. This strategy will also deliver a sustained, more effective approach to teacher supply issues while increasing diversity in the profession
  • implement and support the use of PACT (Progress and Consistency Tool) in schools.

$16.210 million over four years of this total funding has been set aside as a contingency.

Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $5.846m
  • 2014/15 $4.368m
  • 2015/16 $4.368m
  • 2016/17 $4.368m
Four Year Total $18.950m
Funding for Partnership Schools is based on payments to similar state schools. There will be a cashed-up amount payable to the school through a contract. This is made up of:
  • a property funding stream based on Cash for Buildings, a formula sometimes used in the state sector when buildings are leased
  • base funding
  • a per student amount for operations and salaries
  • a per student grant for cashed-up centrally–provided resources.
The Ministry of Education is currently managing a Request for Application process which closed on 16 April 2013. The Authorisation Board will make recommendations to the Minister of Education for her decision once the Education Amendment Bill is passed.

This funding has been set aside as a contingency.
Supporting Boards of Trustees

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $3.300m
  • 2014/15 $3.800m
  • 2015/16 $3.350m
  • 2016/17 $4.050m
Four Year Total $14.500m
The Government has increased the total funding for training and support for Boards to help them to meet the Government’s increased expectations and accountabilities to drive student achievement, especially for the Government’s priority groups. It is essential that Boards have the expertise and capacity needed to make good strategic decisions for their schools. More training and support tools will help to achieve this.
Retention Programme for Māori Medium

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $3.000m
  • 2014/15 $3.000m
  • 2015/16 $3.000m
  • 2016/17 $3.000m
Four Year Total $12.000m
This programme for beginning teachers in Maori medium schools will introduce mentoring and professional learning programmes to support quality teaching, in a Māori cultural framework through te reo Māori. The programme will work with beginning teachers, their mentors, and their employers to improve teacher retention, and to lift the quality of teaching and language learning in Maori medium education.
Additional Costs for Novopay Payroll System

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $8.000m
  • 2014/15 $ -
  • 2015/16 $ -
  • 2016/17 $ -
Four Year Total $8.000m
It is a Government priority to resolve the current issues with Novopay. Contingency funding for Ministry costs may be required to enable Novopay to reach a stable operating state.

This funding is set aside in contingency.
National Mentoring Programme

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $1.074m
  • 2014/15 $1.599m
  • 2015/16 $1.599m
  • 2016/17 $1.599m
Four Year Total $5.871m
The initiative is for a nationwide mentoring scheme, with a total investment of $5.871m over four years. There is a sound evidence base for mentoring.

The scheme will:
  • follow a community-based model which becomes embedded and where community groups can bid for funding to provide this service
  • be closely linked with schools and school practice to ensure that community providers work with learners and support them to achieve educationally
  • focus on the Ministry’s priority groups; Māori, Pasifika, those with special education needs, and those from low socio economic backgrounds
  • have approximately 1,500 young people mentored.
Connecting Communities

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $1.255m
  • 2014/15 $0.375m
  • 2015/16 $0.375m
  • 2016/17 $0.375m
Four Year Total $2.380m
The Connecting Communities work programme is a package of initiatives that aim to establish stronger connections between students, families, communities and education provider to raise student achievement. These initiatives span early childhood to senior secondary education. This package aims to provide parents, families, whānau and their wider communities with the information, skills and tools they need to support student success at critical points of the education pipeline. These initiatives contribute to the outcomes of increased early childhood education participation, improved literacy and numeracy outcomes for students and increased student achievement of NCEA level 2 or equivalent.

The families, whānau and communities of those students with the most to gain from this additional support will be the focus of these initiatives, therefore implementation will be targeted towards priority students.
Pre-commitment Due to Rescinding Budget 2012 Decision

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $14.746m
  • 2014/15 $49.346m
  • 2015/16 $50.031m
  • 2016/17 $50.031m
Four Year Total $164.154m
In June 2012 the government announced that it would not proceed with Budget 2012 changes to curriculum staffing ratios. Expenditure in this Budget meets the previously unfunded cost of this commitment.
Forecast Changes – Schooling

Operating funding
  • 2012/13 ($22.981m)
  • 2013/14 ($24.172m)
  • 2014/15 ($26.332m)
  • 2015/16 ($32.632m)
  • 2016/17 ($23.347m)
Four Year Total ($106.483m)
Most expenditure in the school system is demand-driven as schools are provided with resources that broadly reflect the numbers of students that are enrolled. This demand-driven expenditure is forecast to reflect our best estimates of likely trends in student numbers and cost per student. These costs include teacher salaries, schools operations funding, school transport and school property.

Over the 2012/13 year these forecasts have been lower than expected.
Independent Advice on Government Priority Areas

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $0.500m
  • 2014/15 $0.500m
  • 2015/16 $0.500m
  • 2016/17 $0.500m
Four Year Total $2.000m
Budget 2013 provides the Minister of Education with a flexible funding resource to provide independent advice on policy areas that are identified as priorities for the Government.
One-off Increase to Ngārimu Scholarships

Operating funding
  • 2013/14 $0.250m
  • 2014/15 $ -
  • 2015/16 $ -
  • 2016/17 $ -
Four Year Total $0.250m
This additional funding would allow the Ngarimu Board to offer new or increased scholarships. Decisions of how the additional one-off funding increase will be used will be made by the Board at its AGM in June 2013. The Board will also explore ways to grow and sustain the fund.

This funding is appropriated under Vote Tertiary Education.

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