Education and Training

About Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)

The Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) provides support for children with the highest level of need to help them join in and learn alongside other children at school. ORS is used for:

  • additional teacher time to work directly with a child and to prepare resources for them
  • support from specialists such as speech-language therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, advisers on deaf children, and others
  • teacher’s aide time to support the teacher to include a child in class programmes and activities
  • funding for small items a child might need (known as consumables) such as computer software, extra-size pens and pen grips, Braille machine paper, laminating pouches or toileting products.

Once a child receives ORS, the funding stays with them throughout their time at school.

How long does the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) continue?

ORS funding for High and Very High verified students continues until the end of the year the student turns 21, although students may choose to leave school before this date, at which time ORS funding under the Ministry of Education ends.

A new and additional level of ORS funding – ORS Extension, has been introduced.  Funding through this verification continues until the end of the year the student turns 19, although students may choose to leave school before this date, at which time ORS Extension ends.

If you have any queries about ORS funding talk with your school / or Ministry of Education, Special Education Key Specialist.

Funding for Students with Very High ORS verification post schooling

Students who have Very High ORS verification may qualify for individual funding from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) when they leave school through a contracted service.  MSD will contact you directly about this.  If you would like further information you can contact Lynne Price, National Contracts Advisor – Ph 03 909 0484. Email - Concealed for privacy

Funding for Students with High ORS verification post schooling

High ORS funding for students ceases when they transition from school.   Funding for these young people is provided through a number of MSD contracts depending upon post school pathways.

More information can be found on the Ministry of Education webite here