Targeted support for at-risk learners

Targeted support for at-risk learners

A funding package has been provided from Budget 20 for targeted support.

A funding package has been provided from Budget 20 for targeted support for the 5,530 students in at-risk settings in Alternative Education, Activity Centres, Teen Parent Units and Te Kura Gateway programmes.

This support targets learners already at risk of disengagement, who are likely to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 disruptions.

Funding is provided from the 2020 and 2021 years to support these students to re-engage with their learning, and/or to successfully transition on to further education, training or employment.

For more information about how to access this support, providers should contact their regional offices

Enhanced Wellbeing Fund (EWF)

The Enhanced Wellbeing Fund is to provide ākonga/students in at-risk settings support for their continued participation and engagement in education.

Around 5,530 students will benefit, with funding on a per student basis to providers in Alternative Education, Activity Centres, Teen Parent Units and Te Kura at-risk gateway until the end of the 2021 school year.

Wraparound transition support for ākonga moving out of at-risk settings

Existing providers can apply for additional funding to improve support for students transitioning to other training, employment or further education. The fund will also be used to co-design a transition model specifically for Alternative Education (AE) and Activity Centres (AC) providers.

Professional Learning and Development (PLD) for alternative providers

Managing/Host schools and their at-risk providers (Alternative Education, Activity Centres, Teen Parent Units and Te Kura At-Risk Gateways) can apply for additional PLD funding to build staff capability to respond to student wellbeing needs in at-risk provision.

PLD is intended to upskill staff in dealing with stress, anxiety, and challenging behaviour in students.

Applications for the funding can be made through a webform, click the link below to access the form:
PLD application webform

Applicants will receive acknowledgement of receipt of their application 1-2 working days of the Ministry receiving the form.

Applicants will be communicated the outcome of their application approximately 5-10 working days after receipt of the application form unless contacted otherwise.

This funding is available until the end of the 2021 school year and schools with their providers can apply for up to $3000.

For any queries regarding the funding, the application form or the application process, please contact

Alternative Education (AE) funding for a temporary extension for ākonga aging out of AE only

The support package includes funding for additional places in alternative education to enable students to remain on for an extra year, without taking the place of newcomers.

For any further details on the package providers should contact their regional offices.