Budget 2013: supporting parents and communities to improve education

Budget 2013: supporting parents and communities to improve education
Budget 2013 will support parents and communities to lift educational achievement

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced $80.5 million of funding in Budget 2013 will support parents and communities and their role in educational achievement. 

Positive Behaviour for Learning will receive $63.6 million over four years. Their suite of programmes helps parents and teachers address problem behaviour in children and young people.  

“The $63.6 million investment over four years means an extra 200 primary and intermediate schools will be able to access Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide programme over the next four years. It will also be available to all secondary schools by 2016," says Ms Parata. 

Boards of Trustees will also receive $14.5 million over four years.

“We will be working with the New Zealand School Trustees Association to strengthen its capacity and capability fit for 21st century governance so that they can best support Boards to support their schools with this funding,’’ the Education Minister explains.

The Government is also piloting two new programmes as part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health initiative: Check and Connect – a long term mentoring programme for Years 8-10 students, and My FRIENDS Youth – a self-esteem boosting programme for Year 9 students.

Connecting Communities will receive $2.4 million over four years to help support families engage with their early childhood services and schools.