Wellbeing Budget 2021

Securing
Our Recovery

Education

Additional Attendance Service Places

This initiative provides funding for an additional 7,500 places that can be reached by the Attendance Service, in addition to inflation-driven cost pressures, which will maintain current service levels. Without regular attendance at school academic outcomes for these ākonga are unlikely to be achieved, and they are more likely than others to be involved with other agencies such as the Police and Oranga Tamariki.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 4.868 5.335 5.335 5.335 20.873 -

Christchurch Schools' Rebuild Programme

This initiative provides funding for the Christchurch Schools' Rebuild Programme for another year, following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, enabling remediation of damage to 115 schools in the Christchurch School Network. This is consistent with the $1.1 billion announced in 2013 and the $206 million for cost increases identified in the 2018 midpoint review.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 2.700 4.800 4.800 4.800 17.100 56.000

Completion of the Education Resourcing System for Schools and Early Learning

This initiative is to complete the new system for the $8.4 billion per annum operational funding payments for schools and early learning services administered by the Ministry of Education. A modern resourcing system will transform education funding processes from 30-year-old high-risk systems and manual processes to simple, easy-to-use and easy-to-understand, accurate, largely automatic and timely processes, and is a crucial investment for protecting the Government's ability to reliably and transparently fund the education sector and to swiftly implement responses to emerging or urgent needs.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 3.515 - - - 3.515 17.578
Tagged contingency - 5.522 5.605 3.865 14.992 17.160

Continuing Digital Access for Principals and Teachers

This initiative will provide funding to continue the supply of digital devices and applications to principals and teachers. In turn they use these devices to provide online learning opportunities to ākonga/learners, especially as the sector manages through COVID-19. This funding will aim to achieve as close to 100 percent uptake as possible for eligible principals and teachers and ease the costs to schools and kura that cannot provide devices through their technology budgets.

Vote 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 1.173 2.143 2.510 2.885 3.942 12.653 -

Cost Adjustment for Early Childhood Education

This initiative provides funding for a 1.2 percent increase to funding rates to meet increased costs for Early Childhood Education (ECE). This funding will help all funded ECE services and kōhanga reo manage increasing costs of provision and maintain quality and affordability for families and whānau. This applies to the existing ECE Subsidy for Under 2s, ECE Subsidy for 2s and Over, 20 Hours ECE, and all components of Equity Funding, with effect from 1 January 2022. The increase in Targeted Funding for Disadvantage will take effect from 1 March 2022.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 13.362 28.206 29.124 29.996 100.688 -

Cost Adjustment for Schools' Operational Grant

This initiative provides funding to meet increased operational costs for state and state-integrated schools, which includes providing teaching staff and covering general running costs. A cost increase of 1.6 percent will be applied to the existing schools operational grant funding to accommodate the increased price of providing these essentials and maintain the current levels of providing quality education to meet the needs of students, families and whānau. This funding supports the learning of approximately 800,000 students in 2,500 state and state-integrated schools. The cost adjustments will take effect from 1 January 2022.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 13.333 25.591 25.571 25.554 90.049 -

Deliver Sustained Professional Learning and Development to Embed Tapasā

This initiative provides funding for the design and delivery of a targeted, sustained professional learning and development programme for teachers and leaders in early learning settings and schools with high numbers of Pacific learners to embed the principles and approach of Tapasā, a cultural competencies framework for teachers and leaders of Pacific learners.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 0.800 1.400 1.400 1.400 5.000 0.016

Depreciation Impacts of Revaluing the School Property Portfolio

This initiative requests Crown Revenue funding for reinvestment in the school property portfolio as a result of the June 2020 Portfolio Valuation increase in depreciation expense approved through the October Baseline Update. This is an interim response only while officials explore options to address this issue going forward. This initiative was not funded from the Budget 2021 allowances.

Vote 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 36.000 - - - - 36.000 -

Education Holidays Act 2003 Remediation Payments

This initiative aims to ensure that current and former school and Ministry of Education staff receive corrective payments where they have not been paid in accordance with the requirements of the Holidays Act 2003, as identified through a compliance analysis programme which is under way. Funding will be used for payments to staff who have been underpaid as a result of compliance issues discovered and analysed to date. This initiative was not funded from the Budget 2021 allowances due to the uncertainty of the timing of payments.

Vote 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 269.779 - 3.500 2.500 1.500 277.279 -

Equity Index - System Infrastructure

This initiative is the first step towards fulfilling the Government's manifesto commitment to replace the current decile system with the Equity Index from the 2023 school year. The Equity Index is designed to better target resourcing to schools facing greater socioeconomic challenges and is a significant change for the education sector and for the Ministry of Education. This initial funding will cover system changes and other implementation costs that are required to support a smooth transition to the new system from 2023. It will provide the foundation for future investment in equity funding to ensure schools and kura are best supported to mitigate the socioeconomic barriers faced by ākonga/learners, the wider school community and whānau.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 7.587 4.128 3.399 2.964 18.078 4.928

Essential Property Maintenance at State-Integrated Schools

This initiative provides funding to upgrade learning environments at eligible state-integrated schools across Aotearoa New Zealand. This funding will be allocated by the Ministry of Education to the Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools to ensure that it goes towards essential upgrades to improve learning environments. These projects are ready to implement in the next 12 to 24 months.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 26.400 26.400 - - 52.800 -

Expanding Reading Together Te Pānui Ngātahi Partnerships and Duffy Books in Homes

This initiative supports literacy success and child wellbeing by providing funding for the expansion of Reading Together Te Pānui Ngātahi and Duffy Books in Homes to increase children's literacy and educational achievement with a focus on Māori, Pacific, migrant and refugee learners. This funding will improve literacy and wellbeing outcomes for over 73,000 children across Aotearoa New Zealand by giving 37,000 parents effective strategies to support their children as they learn to read and providing books for children in their homes.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 2.303 2.779 3.111 3.452 11.645 0.048

Funding for School Transport Contract

This initiative provides funding to cover the increase in price for a one-year extension of the school transport contract. Costs associated with the contract management and audit requirements of the new contract commencing in January 2022 are also covered.

Vote 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 4.389 6.140 3.284 3.284 3.284 20.381 2.595

Funding Increase for Alternative Education

This initiative will maintain education provision for the most at-risk young people by addressing the inflationary cost-pressure for Alternative Education (AE). This will stabilise AE funding while the system of support for at-risk ākonga is redesigned. Funding can be used flexibly by providers to help to meet the costs of essential resources and supports, such as access to quality teaching and learning experiences; learning resources; access to health, mental health and broader social services; enrichment activities; transport costs; and other basic wellbeing needs.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 1.111 1.111 1.111 1.111 4.444 -

Funding the Next Phase of the National Education Growth Plan for School Property

This initiative provides funding for an additional 6,000 student places and design for a further 4,000 student places required in the school property network, as identified in the National Education Growth Plan (NEGP). This is in addition to the 47,000 student places already funded. Funding will deliver new roll growth classrooms, provision for learning support and the design for new schools and expansions.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 4.659 10.968 13.893 15.671 45.191 266.000

Intensive Support for Young Learners with Wellbeing and Behavioural Needs That May be Challenging to Others

This initiative provides funding for intensive interventions to support young learners with significant wellbeing and behavioural needs that may be challenging to others, and who require support at school, at home and in the community. These interventions will enable these learners to participate and succeed in education, as well as help to ensure the safety of staff and other learners.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education (4.432) (4.432) (4.432) (4.432) (17.728) -
Tagged contingency 4.432 4.432 4.432 4.432 17.728 -

Investigating and Negotiating Pay Equity Claims

This initiative provides funding for staff and related operational costs associated with the assessment and negotiation of pay equity claims for education sector workforces. These claims seek to remove gender-based undervaluation in the education system. Addressing inequity in pay rates recognises and values the work of people working in education, improving retention and engagement, which in turn improves outcomes for learners.

Vote 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 0.610 9.023 8.944 6.285 4.485 29.347 0.480

Learning Support - Maintaining Ministry Specialist Staff

This initiative provides departmental funding to maintain learning support services for 34,500 of our most vulnerable ākonga/learners in the face of rising costs of wages and inflation. The focus is on assisting learners with additional learning needs and includes services such as communication, behaviour and early intervention services. It also includes the Incredible Years programme for children with autism and supports children with poor language skills, blind and deaf children, and others with complex health needs.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 6.080 6.080 6.080 6.080 24.320 -

Meeting the Operational Costs of a Growing School Property Portfolio

This initiative provides funding to maintain the Ministry of Education's current level of service in managing the expanding, multi-billion-dollar school property portfolio. Funding includes costs such as buildings' warrants of fitness, school leasing, insurance, and health and safety.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 11.250 11.250 11.250 11.250 45.000 -

Moving Towards Pay Parity for Teachers in Education and Care Services

This initiative provides funding towards moving qualified and certified teachers in education and care services closer towards pay parity with kindergarten teacher pay. The funding will support an increase in the minimum salary education and care services must attest they are paying certificated teachers. It provides a set of higher funding rates education and care services may opt into if they agree to pay these teachers defined pay steps based on the kindergarten teachers' collective agreement.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 29.413 52.680 53.880 55.392 191.365 1.044

NCEA and Scholarship Assessment - Maintaining Pay Rates for New Zealand Qualifications Authority's Specialist Workforce

This initiative provides funding to maintain payrates for 4,000 contracted Specialist Workforce employed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Comprised of Exam Markers, Exam Developers, Exam Moderators and Material Critiquers, the workforce is necessary for the integrity and operation of the NCEA and Scholarship assessment process and to support quality education assessments in New Zealand.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 5.000 5.000 - - 10.000 -

NCEA Change Programme - A Strengthened NCEA for All New Zealanders

This initiative provides funding to redevelop the NCEA qualifications, ensuring 150,000 students who study NCEA every year have the appropriate skills and knowledge to seek further education or employment, either in New Zealand or overseas. The changes were informed by a year-long public engagement in 2019, and introduce new literacy and numeracy requirements, provide mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori in NCEA, replace the expiring Achievement Standards with high-quality assessment packages, and provide enhanced support for vocational pathways. The Ministry of Education is partnering with stakeholders to work on the details of the changes and ensure these are coherent, inclusive, accessible and can be implemented successfully.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 25.730 30.617 24.643 11.523 92.513 8.149

Prime Minister's Vocational Excellence Awards

This initiative provides funding for the Prime Minister's Vocational Excellence award from 2021 onwards. It is given to the top student in a vocational programme of learning in each public secondary school and wharekura in Aotearoa New Zealand as chosen by the school. The Award aims to raise the status of vocational education through celebrating the successes of vocationally aligned students as part of each school's prize giving ceremony.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 1.050 1.050 1.050 1.050 4.200 -

Property Funding to Build and Expand Schools Delivering Māori-Medium Education

This initiative provides funding to address growth in three new schools delivering Māori-medium education, Te Wharekura o Manurewa, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu and Manukura, as well as growth in existing schools in the Māori Medium Education Network.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 1.018 2.230 4.620 6.297 14.165 77.070

Purchasing Land for New Schools

This initiative provides funding to reimburse land acquisitions and associated site work costs for new schools purchased in the 2020/21 financial year. The purchase of land for new schools is fundamental to delivering the National Education Growth Plan and expanding the School Property Portfolio to meet demand across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 2.125 4.250 4.250 4.250 14.875 85.000

Reform of the Tomorrow's Schools System

This initiative provides funding for the initial investment to reform our current schooling model, known as Tomorrow's Schools. The reform is designed to provide front line support closer to schools, creating a more networked and supported system that is more responsive to the needs of learners/ākonga and their whānau. The first steps in the reform include putting in place a fit-for-purpose national curriculum with supports across early learning and schooling, establishing the key leadership and core support functions of the Education Service Agency, an enhanced Network Function, including for early learning and creating a flexible fund, which will enable frontline staff to better support the sector.

Vote 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 2.500 54.268 46.653 46.149 35.744 185.314 53.810

Schools' Payroll Sustainability Investment

This initiative provides funding to upgrade the existing software used by Education Payroll Limited and fund the Ministry of Education's programme costs associated with historic non-compliance of the Holidays Act 2003. These workstreams support the delivery of the Schools' Payroll system with an annual spend of $5.6 billion and pays almost 100,000 teachers and support staff every fortnight. This funding ensures the ongoing stability and sustainability of the Schools' Payroll system.

Vote 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 0.250 14.750 - - - 15.000 -

Supporting Pacific Bilingual and Immersion Education in Schooling

This initiative provides funding to support Pacific learners to learn in cultural and linguistic supportive environments by providing the first system-level investment in Pacific bilingual and immersion units in schools. This initiative supports the sustainability of current provision of a highly valued community education pathway around 23 schools, serving approximately 1,500 learners. The Professional Learning and Development component of the wider initiative will be funded from the Ministry of Education's baseline.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 2.636 3.088 3.212 3.477 12.413 0.644

Supporting School Property Redevelopments

This initiative provides funding for around 25 school property redevelopments to start within the next 12 to 18 months. These projects will generate up to $400 million worth of work, approximately 8,000 employment opportunities, and provide ākonga/learners with access to quality learning facilities.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 2.813 8.438 11.250 11.250 33.751 150.000

Supporting the Co-location of Marlborough Boys' and Girls' Colleges and Relocation of Bohally Intermediate

This initiative provides one year of design funding for the co-location of Marlborough Boys' and Girls' Colleges and rebuild and relocation of Bohally Intermediate School, based on consultation with the community. This is the first stage of a significant and transformational project undertaken by the Ministry of Education that will provide wider investment in Blenheim's secondary education provision and ultimately create more equitable education outcomes for ākonga.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 0.158 0.315 0.315 0.315 1.103 6.300

Targeted Initiatives to Support Ākonga Success in NCEA Pāngarau, Te Reo Matatini, Numeracy and Literacy

This initiative provides funding for targeted literacy and numeracy interventions - including new or expanded tools, resources and programmes - across the Māori and English-medium education pathways, with a focus on key transition points, to support students' opportunities to attain new NCEA co-requisites, which will be in place from 2023.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Education 1.900 2.620 2.940 2.540 10.000 -
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