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The lead school, kura board receives public funds for the purpose of providing the RTLB service to cluster schools, kura.

Managing school finances 
Resources, templates, and financial guidance to support the governance of school finances and financial reporting

You can download a PDF of Financial Information for Schools Handbook and Model financial policies.

RTLB funds provided by the Ministry are GST inclusive, the same as other school operational grant funding.



Income rates

Operating funding Administration Calculated at Ministry-determined rate per RTLB position per year
Lead School Calculated as a percentage of the Administration Grant
Travel Calculated at Ministry-determined rate based on cluster schools' Year 1-10 rolls, Māori and Pacific rolls, deciles, isolation, and distance from lead school to the Ministry's Regional office
Student support funding Learning Support Fund Calculated at Ministry-determined rate base on Year 1-10 rolls
One-off funding Furniture, Fittings & Equipment Entitlement to furnish and equip new RTLB space
Study Award As determined by the Ministry's Study Awards scheme


RTLB funds must be used for the purpose for which they are granted.

There is no restriction moving funding from Travel, Administration, and Lead School grants to another RTLB grant category.

Operational funding can be moved to learning support funding, but not vice versa.

Any movement of funding from one grant to another must be clearly accounted for in the RTLB Annual Financial Report.




Operational funding Travel

For vehicle leases, travel reimbursements, cluster manager and lead school principal travel while on RTLB service work

Note: In accordance with the relevant collective agreements. 

Administration For example: internet access, telephone, fax lines, laptops leases, mobile phones, photocopying, stationery, consumables, resources, RTLB professional development, supervision, administration and finance support (personnel), accommodation and host school costs
Lead School

To recognise the additional work lead schools do supporting the RTLB service on behalf of other schools

Special terms or conditions (concurrence)
Learn about the process to apply for special employment terms


Note: In accordance with the relevant collective agreements.

Student support funding Learning Support Fund (LSF)

Supports RTLB case work, targeting students in Years 1-10 in accordance with the LSF Guidelines

LSF Guidelines (PDF, 84 KB)

One-off funding Furniture, Fittings, and Equipment Grant New RTLB space generates a Furniture, Fittings, and Equipment funding entitlement (FF & E) to furnish and equip the new space
Study Award Supports RTLB in training and meets the study-related travel and accommodation expenses incurred during the year

Content last updated: March 2018