Section 10 appeal process for Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)

An appeal is a formal process made by the parent/whānau or caregivers (not the early childhood education centre or school) when there has been a history of unsuccessful applications and/or reviews within a relatively short period of time.

You may want to speak to the key contact at your local office of the Ministry of Education to discuss if it is appropriate to request an appeal under Section 10 of the Education Act (1989).

Before this formal appeal parents and the team around the student can ask the verifiers to review their decision.

Review process for Ongoing Resourcing Scheme

All relevant information about a child or student must have been provided to the verifiers before an appeal can be requested. If all relevant information has been provided and the parents/whānau or caregivers remain dissatisfied with the verifiers' decision, they can write to the Secretary for Education to request an appeal under Section 10 of the Education Act (1989).

The appeal process is arranged independently of the verifiers. The Ministry of Education and the parents/whānau or caregivers agree on an approved arbitrator from outside the Ministry to conduct the appeal. The Manager Assurance and Eligibility presents the Ministry's position at the appeal hearing.

An appeal is a formal process made by the parent/whānau or caregivers (not the early childhood education centre or school).

Note that any new information about the student that hasn't been previously seen by the panel of verifiers can't be part of the appeal process. If new information is presented during an appeal hearing the arbitrator will suspend the hearing to enable the new information to be considered by the panel of verifiers.

For more information on the appeal process contact your local Ministry office, or call our learning support information line.

Local Ministry offices

Freephone (NZ only): 0800 622 222

Further information

ORS criteria

Apply for ORS

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