Information for schools about teacher aide funding

Process for schools who are receiving teacher aide funding for verified students. These are students on the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) and the School High Health Needs Fund (SHHNF). We also provide teacher aide funding for the behaviour and communication service, and 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.

What happens when a verified student enrols or leaves your school

Support needs to go to the right school. Make sure you update ENROL when a verified student enrols or leaves your school.

You’ll also need to 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.

If a verified ORS or SHHNF student leaves your school we can continue teacher aide funding for 2 weeks, or as negotiated and confirmed with the learning support or fund manager.

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 the notional hourly rate of:

  • $21.85 for U3+ schools
  • $22.63 for U1 and U2 schools.

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

Funding during the school year

We fund:

  • primary and intermediate schools for 39 weeks, and
  • secondary and composite schools for 38 weeks.

Secondary students verified through the ORS should still attend school at exam time.

 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4
10 weeks 10 weeks 10 weeks 9 weeks
9 weeks 10 weeks 10 weeks 9 weeks

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 646 272  (select option 2)

Important — Reviewing your resource allocation

Remember that you can apply for a review of the resource allocation at any time during the school year.

Requesting an informal/formal review of a student’s teacher aide resource

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 Very High Needs, the annual grant is $561.19 (GST inclusive).

For each student verified as High Needs, the grant is $280.56 (GST inclusive).

Students on School High Health Needs Fund don’t receive the consumables grant.

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