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Ministry of Education.

What funding and types of programmes are available for English language learners?

Ministry of Education funding

Funding provision for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) support is provided by the Ministry of Education in addition to the school operations grant. Students will need to meet eligibility criteria – refer to MOE ESOL Funding. These students may still need academic English language support when they have exceeded the funding period or criteria.

 Further information can be found at:

English Language Learning Progressions Record of Progress (Google Docs)

English Language Learning Progressions Pathway Record of Progress (Google Docs)

Further support

Decisions about the type of language support you are able to provide, and the way you group your English language learners for support, will depend on variables in the students, your school context, and the availability of suitable staff. School leaders and the agencies that support schools are invited to use the system of support tools to ensure the timely and efficient response to identified need (student or teacher).

The following Ministry of Education material can help you make decisions on supporting students: 

Registered teachers with ESOL training are able to provide effective ESOL support. Schools may also consider extra personnel resources such as bilingual support staff and English language assistants (teacher aides).

The Learning Village NZ

An online ESOL programme available to intermediate and secondary schools that helps students who are new learners of the English language.

The Learning Village New Zealand aims to support students develop the English language skills necessary to participate effectively in their mainstream classes. It may be particularly useful for schools who have limited experience in catering for new learners of English or don’t have an established ESOL department or ESOL teachers.

The programme is provided by Across Cultures using the Learning Village, an online programme which has been operating successfully internationally and in New Zealand for a number of years. Schools enrolled in the programme through the Ministry of Education will receive comprehensive training and ongoing support from a team of New Zealand staff. This training and support includes upskilling teachers and teacher aides in ways in which the Learning Village lessons can be integrated with students’ curriculum subjects.

Access to the Learning Village NZ is intended to be one part of an appropriate programme of support for emergent bilingual learners.

Students and schools will be identified from the Ministry ESOL funding database, and the Learning Village NZ team will invite them to join the programme. Schools that think they might be eligible for the programme are also welcome to contact the providers directly.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 09 889 8153

Visit the Learning Village website for more information about the programme and how it works.

Updated on: 14 Mar 2022