- Last Updated: 18 August 2016
A brief introduction to the government’s proposed global budget bulk funding model for New Zealand schools
Salary bulk funding is a single pool of money from which salaries and other costs have to be met.
Within that one budget teachers can be ‘cashed-up’.
Bulk funding is not about who sets salary rates, whether there is a collective agreement or whether the salaries are paid centrally or directly by schools. There may be impacts on these of a bulk funding model, but it is about whether schools have to make choices between teaching positions or money.
The global budget model is bulk funding. There would be a single pool of money for schools from which they are to pay salary and other costs. Within that one budget teaching positions can be ‘cashed-up’.
The government's renewed attempt to propose bulk funding would mean all staffing and school operational funding would be delivered to schools on a per-student basis in the form of cash and “credits” for staffing.
This would mean parents on Boards would have to make trade offs between the number of teachers they employ and other non-teaching costs of running a school. This would incentivise:
• Fewer teachers and larger class sizes
• The loss of guaranteed minimum teacher staffing for specific year levels such as new entrants and senior secondary classes
• Increased casualisation of teacher jobs which could undermine quality of teaching
• Further downwards pressure on support staff hours and pay, which is already bulk funded through schools’ operational grants
• Removal of the government’s responsibility for issues such as class size and curriculum breadth
• Removal of certainty about increases in funding to keep up with cost increases or population growth.
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