The Wellbeing Budget

Improving child wellbeing

Initiatives: Improving child wellbeing through education and taking financial pressure off parents

Additional Funding for Schools to Replace Parental Donations

$265.6 million operating
This initiative will provide an additional payment of $150 per student to decile 1-7 State and State‑integrated schools that agree not to request donations from parents.

Christchurch Schools Rebuild

$20.7 million operating
$84.3 million capital

This initiative aims to improve educational infrastructure for students in Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes, by funding the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme for another year.

Cost Adjustment for Subsidies for Early Learning and Schools' Operational Grant

$235.7 million operating
This initiative supports early childhood education services, ngā kōhanga reo and schools to maintain volume and quality while meeting the rising costs of resources, services and staffing. The initiative is intended to limit the need for fee increases in early childhood education, reductions to the breadth and depth of curriculum, or deferral of maintenance. This will be done by increasing funding for schools' operational grants and subsidies for services. The cost adjustment will take effect from 1 January 2020.

Creatives in Schools

$7.2 million operating
This funding will enable a Creatives in Schools programme to be delivered to schools and kura. Professional artists and creative practitioners will partner with schools to share specialist artistic knowledge and creative practice with students.

Early Childhood and Schooling: Meeting Increased Demand

$296.3 million operating
This initiative aims to ensure that schools and early childhood education services are funded to maintain existing levels of access and provision, in response to changes in demand. This will be done through providing funding for projected changes in expenditure on teacher salaries, schools' operational funding, and early childhood education subsidies.

Home-Based Early Childhood Education Review: Improving the Quality of Home-Based Early Childhood Education

$6.9 million operating
$1.7 million capital

This initiative aims to improve the quality of educator-child interactions in home-based early childhood education. This will be done by providing funding to tertiary providers to enable the existing educator workforce to upskill to a Level 4 ECE qualification.

Improving the Condition of School Property

$17 million operating
$19.8 million capital

This initiative aims to improve the condition and performance of school property through better information for decision-making. This will be done by collecting performance data on schools to inform the systematic upgrade of all State schools by 2030.

Improving the Quality of the Education System

$19.7 million operating
This initiative meets cost pressures to enable the current review frequency for early childhood education services and schools to be maintained. It also provides funding to increase the frequency of reviews of early childhood education services by the Education Review Office and the proportion of tertiary courses monitored by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Increasing Learning Support Funding in Line with Population and Demand Growth

$29.6 million operating
This initiative helps to maintain timely and quality support for children and young people with additional learning needs, primarily for those with moderate needs.

Learning Support Coordinator Role

$217.3 million operating
$95 million capital

This initiative aims to directly support the Learning Support Action Plan to develop an education system where the needs of all children are met. The implementation of approximately 600 Learning Support Coordinators will support schools and kura to better identify and respond to the disability and learning support needs of children and young people.

Learning Support: Addressing Critical Cost and Demand Pressures for Children and Young People

$81.3 million operating
This initiative aims to ensure that children and young people with learning support needs receive timely and quality support. This includes: improving education provision for students at risk of disengaging from education; early intervention services; maintaining access to education for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and young people; English for Speakers of Other Languages; Te Kahu Tōi Intensive Wraparound Service; residential special schools; and increasing access to assistive technology.

Learning Support System Improvements: Creating a More Inclusive Education System

$7.6 million operating
This initiative includes an enhanced package of support for gifted learners and continues to support students most at risk of disengaging from education through the Te Kura Big Picture programme.

National Certificate of Educational Achievement Online: Transforming Assessment for Learners (NCEA Online)

$14.5 million operating
$6.4 million capital

This initiative aims to deliver equitable and inclusive online digital assessments, by funding new technologies and business processes to deliver digital assessments and learning.

NCEA: Removal of Fees and Funding of Cost Pressures

$49 million operating
This initiative aims to remove financial barriers to students accessing National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) qualifications. This will be done through providing funding to remove the NCEA assessment fee for all students.

Providing the Education Infrastructure Service with Sustainable Funding

$61 million operating
This initiative aims to maintain the Ministry of Education's current level of service in managing the school property portfolio.

School Property Programme to Deliver the National Education Growth Plan

$60.9 million operating
$1.2 billion capital

This initiative aims to deliver additional classrooms, new schools, property for kura and special education. This will be done through providing funding for the first stage of a 10-year programme that provides certainty to the Ministry of Education, schools and the construction sector. The remaining funding for the 10-year programme is held in tagged contingency.

Supporting Schools and Early Learning Settings to Improve Wellbeing Through Healthy Eating and Quality Physical Activity

$47.6 million operating
This funding will help early childhood education settings and schools provide healthy and active learning environments with curriculum resources, health promotion staff and school physical activity advisors. Implementation will include a focus on healthy eating, enhanced delivery of the Health and Physical Education curriculum and provision of active school environments.

Teacher Supply: Continuing to Increase the Levels of Teacher Supply for the Future

$95 million operating
This initiative aims to ensure we continue to increase the levels of teacher supply for the future through a range of initiatives.

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