Teacher aide resource funding information

Our process for schools who are receiving teacher aide resource funding for verified students. These are students on the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) and the School High Health Needs Fund (SHHNF).

This includes how we allocate the funding, when we pay it and what to do when a verified students joins or leaves your school.

How we allocate teacher aide funding

We allocate teacher aide resource funding based on the information provided to us by you and our staff. We may adjust the funding if:

  • The teacher aide start date changes
  • If we all agree that support for a student needs to be renegotiated.

The funding is a finite resource and allocated to students verified on the ORS or for SHHNF according to individual needs. Each district is a fund holder, and must use the funding as intended.

What happens when a verified student enters or leaves your school

Support needs to go to the right school so you need to let us know when a verified student leaves or joins your school You 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 enters or leaves your school, we will continue teacher aide funding for two weeks or as negotiated and confirmed with the Service or Fund Manager

When we pay teacher aide resource funding

We pay this funding into your school bank account in the fourth week of each term. All payments are GST inclusive and we base these on the notional hourly rate of $18.47 for U3 + schools and $19.25 for U1 and U2 schools.

When we have made the payment into your account we will confirm this by letter and include 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. Verified secondary students should still attend school at exam time. 

 Term oneTerm twoTerm threeTerm four
10 weeks 10 weeks 10 weeks 9 weeks
9 weeks 10 weeks 10 weeks 9 weeks

If your bank account details have changed

If your school has changed its bank account number please contact FinOps at the Ministry of Education by email accountspayable.enquiries@education.govt.nz or telephone 0800 646 272 and select option 2


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

Other funding paid - annual consumables grant

If you have students in your school who are on ORS, we will include a quarterly instalment of the annual consumables grant at the same time as the Teacher aide resource funding payment. Students on SHHNF do not receive the consumables grant.

  • For each student who is verified as Very High Needs, the grant is $561.19 (GST inclusive).
  • For each student verified as High Needs, the grant is $280.56 (GST inclusive).

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