Schools’ Use of Operational Funding: Case Studies (June 2007)* 01/06/2007

Appendix 1: Components of the Operation Grant

This table is a summarised version of the table set out in the Ministry’s Funding, staffing and allowances handbook, Chapter one, Operational Funding page 10.



Available to / method for applying

Base Funding

For fixed costs associated with the operation of a school and to compensate for the absence of economies of scale in smaller schools.

All schools, according to roll.

Per-Student Funding

For general running of the school. Standard rate per student, at four funding levels.

All schools, according to roll.

Relief Teacher Funding

Assists with the costs of employing relief teachers

All schools, according to type and staffing entitlement.

Targeted Funding for Educational Achievement (TFEA)

Assists schools to overcome the barriers to educational achievement that are associated with low socio-economic status.

All decile 1-9 schools, according to roll and decile.

Special Education Grant (SEG)

Enables schools to provide extra assistance to students with moderate learning needs.

All schools, according to roll and decile.

Careers Information Grant

For provision of careers guidance.

All schools with Year 9-15 students, according to roll and decile.

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

Assists with NCEA- related costs.

All schools with Year 11-15 students, according to roll.


Helps board take steps to reduce vandalism.

All schools except integrated schools according to roll and vandalism rating.

Property Maintenance

Provides for property maintenance expected to occur within a ten-year cycle, and for minor capital works.

All schools, according to property profile (minor capital works component not paid to integrated schools).

Heat, Light & Water

Provides for the supply and consumption of fuel and water.

All schools. Changes to allocations by application only.

Secondary Tertiary Entitlement Resource (STAR)

For the provision of programmes in non-conventional subjects for senior students.

All schools with Year 11-15 students, according to weighted roll at each year level.

Māori Language Programme Funding

For the provision of Māori language immersion programmes.

All schools, according to number of Māori students at each immersion level entered in roll returns.

Risk Management

To insure school assets. Provided as part of per-student funding rates. Schools may also belong to Ministry’s Risk Management Scheme, with levy deducted from operational funding.

All member schools, levied according to roll.

Targeted Funding for Isolation

Recognises additional costs incurred as a result of isolation.

Isolated schools, according to roll and Isolation Index.

Class Funding

Helps special schools employ support staff.

Most special schools. Changes to allocations by application only.

Administration Grant

Helps meet costs of attached teachers e.g. teacher development, telephones, materials, administrative support.

Standard grant for each officially approved teacher position. Paid to cluster (RTLBs) or school (all other teachers).

Travel Grant

Helps meet travel costs of attached itinerant teachers.

Schools with officially approved itinerant positions. Depends on amount of travel. Paid to cluster (RTLBs) or school. Changes to rates by application only.

Learning Support Funding

For educational support.

Paid to RTLB cluster, according to each school’s roll and decile.

RTLB Year 11-13

To support Year 11-15 students with learning and behaviour difficulties.

Paid to RTLB cluster, according to each school’s roll and decile.

Special Education Equipment/Assistive Equipment

For specialised equipment for individual students with special education needs.

One-off payment, on application to Group Special Education Technology Co-ordinator.

New Classrooms

Helps equip new classrooms generated by roll increases or increased staffing entitlements.

State schools, except integrated schools. One-off payment, no application needed.

Out-of-hours Music and Art

Administration grant for schools holding classes from official tutor hour allocation for Year 1-8 students.

Allocation of hours made by Local Office. Grant paid each term, once return sent to Local Office.

Supplementary Grant for Principals’ Remuneration

For boards with principal employed on Individual Contract. Other principals receive it directly through Payroll.

Paid annually, depends on staffing roll and decile.

Normal and Country Model Schools

Helps these schools to meet extra operating costs.

Eligible schools according to roll.

Enhanced Programme Fund

Helps magnet schools for students with moderate special education needs.

Eligible schools, on application

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