Vote Education Summary of Initiatives 2021

Vote Education InitiativesDescription
Additional Attendance Service Places

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    4.868 million
  • 2022/23:
    5.335 million
  • 2023/24:
    5.335 million
  • 2024/25*:
    5.335 million

Five-year operating total: 
20.873 million
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/learners 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.
Christchurch Schools’ Rebuild Programme

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    2.700 million
  • 2022/23:
    4.800 million
  • 2023/24:
    4.800 million
  • 2024/25*:
    4.800 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    56.000 million

Five-year operating total: 
17.100 million

Five-year capital total: 56.000 million
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 $1.137 billion announced in 2013 and the $206.0 million for cost increases identified in the 2018 midpoint review.
Completion of the Education Resourcing System for Schools and Early Learning

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    3.515 million
  • 2022/23:
    -
  • 2023/24:
    -
  • 2024/25:
    -

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    5.560 million
  • 2021/22:
    12.018 million

Five-year operating total:
3.515 million

Five-year capital total: 17.578 million
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. 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.  
Contingency: Intensive Support for Young Learners with Wellbeing and Behavioural Needs that may be Challenging to Others (Vote Education)

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    4.432 million
  • 2022/23:
    4.432 million
  • 2023/24:
    4.432 million
  • 2024/25*:
    4.432 million

Five-year operating total: 
17.728 million
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. Note that this initiative is related to a savings initiative in Vote Education - Intensive Support for Young Learners with Wellbeing and Behavioural Needs that may be Challenging to Others (Savings)

 

Continuing Digital Access for Principals and Teachers

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    1.173 million
  • 2021/22:
    2.143 million
  • 2022/23:
    2.510 million
  • 2023/24:
    2.885 million
  • 2024/25*:
    3.942 million

Five-year operating total: 
12.653 million
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% uptake as possible for eligible principals & teachers and ease the costs to schools and kura that cannot provide devices through their technology budget.
Cost Adjustment for Early Childhood Education

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    13.362 million
  • 2022/23:
    28.206 million
  • 2023/24:
    29.124 million
  • 2024/25*:
    29.996 million

Five-year operating total: 
100.688 million
This initiative provides funding for a 1.2% 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 1st January 2022. The increase in Targeted Funding for Disadvantage will take effect from 1st March 2022.
Cost Adjustment for Schools’ Operational Grant

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    13.333 million
  • 2022/23:
    25.591 million
  • 2023/24:
    25.571 million
  • 2024/25*:
    25.554 million

Five-year operating total:
 90.049 million
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% 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.
Deliver Sustained Professional Learning and Development to Embed Tapasā

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    0.900 million
  • 2022/23:
    1.400 million
  • 2023/24:
    1.400 million
  • 2024/25:
    1.400 million

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)

  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    0.016 million

Five-year operating total: 5.000 million

Five-year capital total: 0.016 million

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.
Equity Index – System Infrastructure

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    7.587 million
  • 2022/23:
    4.128 million
  • 2023/24:
    3.399 million
  • 2024/25*:
    2.964 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    3.096 million
  • 2021/22:
    1.832 million

Five-year operating total:
18.078 million

Five-year capital total: 4.928 million
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 socio-economic 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 socio-economic barriers faced by ākonga/learners, the wider school community and whānau.
Essential Property Maintenance at State-Integrated Schools

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    26.400 million
  • 2022/23:
    26.400 million
  • 2023/24:
    -
  • 2024/25:
    -

Five-year operating total:
52.800 million
This initiative provides funding to upgrade learning environments at eligible state-integrated schools across New Zealand. This funding will be allocated by the Ministry to the Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools (APIS) to ensure that it goes towards essential upgrades to improve learning environments. These projects are ready to implement in the next 12-24 months.
Expanding Reading Together Te Pānui Ngātahi Partnerships and Duffy Books in Homes

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    2.303 million
  • 2022/23:
    2.779 million
  • 2023/24:
    3.111 million
  • 2024/25*:
    3.452 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    0.048 million

Five-year operating total:
11.645 million

Five-year capital total: 0.048 million
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 focus on Māori, Pacific, migrant, and refugee learners. This funding will improve literacy and wellbeing outcomes for over 73,000 children across 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.
Funding for School Transport Contract

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    4.389 million
  • 2021/22:
    6.140 million
  • 2022/23:
    3.284 million
  • 2023/24:
    3.284 million
  • 2024/25*:
    3.284 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    2.595 million

Five-year operating total:
 20.381 million

Five-year capital total: 2.595 million
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.  
Funding Increase for Alternative Education

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    1.111 million
  • 2022/23:
    1.111 million
  • 2023/24:
    1.111 million
  • 2024/25*:
    1.111 million

Five-year operating total:
4.444 million
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.
Funding the Next Phase of the National Education Growth Plan for School Property

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    4.659 million
  • 2022/23:
    10.968 million
  • 2023/24:
    13.893 million
  • 2024/25*:
    15.671 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    121.900 million
  • 2022/23:
    71.000 million
  • 2023/24:
    27.000 million
  • 2024/25:
    46.100 million

Five-year operating total:
 45.191 million

Five-year capital total: 266.000 million
This initiative provides funding for an additional 6,000 student places and design 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.
Investigating and Negotiating Pay Equity Claims

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    0.610 million
  • 2021/22:
    9.023 million
  • 2022/23:
    8.944 million
  • 2023/24:
    6.285 million
  • 2024/25:
    4.485 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    0.480 million

Five-year operating total:
 29.347 million

Five-year capital total: 0.480 million
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.
Learning Support – Maintaining Ministry Specialist Staff

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    6.080 million
  • 2022/23:
    6.080 million
  • 2023/24:
    6.080 million
  • 2024/25*:
    6.080 million

Five-year operating total:
24.320 million
This initiative provides departmental funding to maintain learning support services for 34,500 of our most vulnerable ākonga/learners in 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.
Meeting the Operational Costs of a Growing School Property Portfolio

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    11.250 million
  • 2022/23:
    11.250 million
  • 2023/24:
    11.250 million
  • 2024/25*:
    11.250 million

Five-year operating total:
 45.000 million
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.
Moving Towards Pay Parity for Teachers in Education and Care Services

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    29.413 million
  • 2022/23:
    52.680 million
  • 2023/24:
    53.880 million
  • 2024/25*:
    55.392 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    0.984 million
  • 2022/23:
    0.020 million
  • 2023/24:
    0.020 million
  • 2024/25:
    0.020 million

Five-year operating total:
191.365 million

Five-year capital total: 1.044 million
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.
NCEA and Scholarship Assessment - Maintaining Pay Rates for New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s Specialist Workforce

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    5.000 million
  • 2022/23:
    5.000 million
  • 2023/24:
    -
  • 2024/25:
    -

Five-year operating total:
10.000 million
This initiative provides funding to maintain payrates for 4,000 contracted Specialist Workforce employed by 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.
NCEA Change Programme - A Strengthened NCEA for all New Zealanders

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    25.730 million
  • 2022/23:
    30.617 million
  • 2023/24:
    24.643 million
  • 2024/25:
    11.523 million
  • 2025/26*:
    8.895 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    0.121 million
  • 2022/23:
    2.350 million
  • 2023/24:
    2.625 million
  • 2024/25:
    2.625 million
  • 2025/26:
    0.428 million

Five-year operating total:
92.513 million

Ten-year capital total: 8.149 million
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 introduces new literacy and numeracy requirements, provides mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori in NCEA, replaces the expiring Achievement Standards with high quality assessment packages, and provides 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. Note that this initiative has a reduced outyears profile reflected in the additional 2025/26 financial year added in this summary. The 2025/26 figure is not included in the five-year operating total A ten-year capital total is used for this initiative as it received six-years of capital funding.
Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Awards

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    1.050 million
  • 2022/23:
    1.050 million
  • 2023/24:
    1.050 million
  • 2024/25*:
    1.050 million

Five-year operating total:
4.200 million
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 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.
Property Funding to Build and Expand Schools Delivering Māori Medium Education

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    1.018 million
  • 2022/23:
    2.230 million
  • 2023/24:
    4.620 million
  • 2024/25*:
    6.297 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    16.650 million
  • 2022/23:
    30.810 million
  • 2023/24:
    27.400 million
  • 2024/25:
    2.210 million

Five-year operating total:
14.165 million

Five-year capital total: 77.070 million
This initiative provides funding to address growth in three new schools delivering Māori medium education, Te Wharekura o Manurewa; TKKM o Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu and Manukura, as well as growth in existing schools in the Māori Medium Education Network.
Purchasing Land for New Schools

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    2.125 million
  • 2022/23:
    4.250 million
  • 2023/24:
    4.250 million
  • 2024/25*:
    4.250 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    85.000 million

Five-year operating total:
14.875 million

Five-year capital total: 85.000 million
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 New Zealand.
Reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools System

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    2.500 million
  • 2021/22:
    54.268 million
  • 2022/23:
    46.653 million
  • 2023/24:
    46.149 million
  • 2024/25:
    35.744 million
  • 2025/26*:
    37.825 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    11.553 million
  • 2022/23:
    18.195 million
  • 2023/24:
    12.552 million
  • 2024/25:
    11.510 million

Five-year operating total:
185.314 million

Five-year capital total: 53.810 million
This initiative provides funding for the first year of a multi-year 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.  
Reform of Vocational Education - Transition and Integration Phase

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    -
  • 2022/23:
    2.000 million
  • 2023/24:
    2.000 million
  • 2024/25*:
    2.000 million

Five-year operating total:
6.000 million
This initiative provides funding to retain capability, and to build a data interface, to support the transition and integration phase of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE). This will enable the Tertiary Education Commission, New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Ministry of Education to implement changes necessary to deliver the skills and opportunities that learners, employers, industries, and regions need to prosper. This is the Vote Education component of a cross-vote initiative. See also Reform of Vocational Education – Transition and Integration Phase in Vote Tertiary Education.
Schools’ Payroll Sustainability Investment

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    0.250 million
  • 2021/22:
    14.750 million
  • 2022/23:
    -
  • 2023/24:
    -
  • 2024/25:
    -

Five-year operating total:
15.000 million
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 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.
Supporting Pacific Bilingual and Immersion Education in Schooling

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    2.636 million
  • 2022/23:
    3.088 million
  • 2023/24:
    3.212 million
  • 2024/25*:
    3.477 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    0.628 million
  • 2022/23:
    -
  • 2023/24:
    0.016 million

Five-year operating total:
12.413 million

Five-year capital total: 0.644 million
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 1500 learners.
Supporting School Property Redevelopments

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    2.813 million
  • 2022/23:
    8.438 million
  • 2023/24:
    11.250 million
  • 2024/25*:
    11.250 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    75.000 million
  • 2022/23:
    75.000 million

Five-year operating total:
33.751 million

Five-year capital total: 150.000 million
This initiative provides funding for around 25 school property redevelopments to start within the next 12-18 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.
Supporting the Co-location of Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges and Relocation of Bohally Intermediate

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    0.158 million
  • 2022/23:
    0.315 million
  • 2023/24:
    0.315 million
  • 2024/25*:
    0.315 million

Capital Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    6.300 million

Five-year operating total:
1.103 million

Five-year capital total: 6.300 million
This initiative provides one year of design funding for the co-location of Marlborough Girls’ and Boys’ 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 which will provide wider investment in Blenheim’s secondary education provision and ultimately create more equitable education outcomes for ākonga.
Targeted Initiatives to Support Ākonga Success in NCEA Pāngarau Te Reo Matatini, Numeracy and Literacy

Operating Funding $increase/($decrease)
  • 2020/21:
    -
  • 2021/22:
    1.900 million
  • 2022/23:
    2.620 million
  • 2023/24:
    2.940 million
  • 2024/25*:
    2.540 million

Five-year operating total:
10.000 million
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.
*Includes outyears funding  

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