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Programmes for Students (PfS) - ALL, ALiM

Expressions of interest are now open and close on 21 November 2023.

What is Programmes for Students?

Programmes for Students consists of:

  • Accelerating Learning in Literacy (ALL)
  • Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM)

ALL and ALiM support kaiako to accelerate learning for ākonga in years 1-10 who would benefit from targeted support in reading, writing and/or mathematics.   

Programmes for Students provides mentor support for participating kaiako and teachers to:    

  • accelerate the learning of ākonga who have been identified as needing further support - those who are at risk of not achieving the progress outcome for their phase or who are behind in the progress steps.
  • use accelerative practices - kaiako and teachers will be supported to challenge, scaffold, and shift their practice and behaviour.
  • integrate approaches into their overall school literacy and/or maths strategies so that the impact of Programmes for Students is sustained over time. 
  • work with ākonga Māori on essential literacy or maths skills where the learning is ākonga-centred, empowering ākonga Māori to learn and succeed as Māori. 

 How Programmes for Students works

How kaiako/teachers involved in Programmes for Students will be supported

Kaiako and teachers work with a mentor to inquire into their practice and share their learning. They develop and increase their knowledge of accelerative practices for ākonga. Schools and Kāhui Ako can decide the timing and duration of the inquiry cycles.  In the second year of the programme, kaiako/teachers are supported to coach and mentor other kaiako/teachers within the school, ensuring that the knowledge of accelerative practices benefits a wider range of ākonga.

Programmes for Students instruction takes place in regular learning settings.  Ākonga may or may not be in the same teaching group, but the teacher adapts their teaching in response to individual needs. 

How leaders of schools involved in Programmes for Students will be supported

Leaders are supported by the mentor to understand what accelerative practices are and which are being used in their school. They co-plan how to implement these widely across the school. They are supported to include these practices in their strategic planning. Leadership hui will be set up for leaders to connect with others and share effective accelerative practice.  

How Programmes for Students is delivered

This year we are offering the programme face-to-face, online and in a hybrid format. The hybrid option offers kaiako and teachers the opportunity to meet online for some of the theory work and have face-to-face hui with their mentors.

We are exploring clusters of schools doing the programme together, which would enable a network of schools within a region to work with and support each other. 

Mentors will organise across-school and local meetings to discuss and share professional practice as needed.

Programmes for Schools time commitment

Schools are provided with $4000 per teacher per year to cover release time to work with their mentor to develop accelerative practices for the school. For this to be effective, it needs to be given a high priority within the school's professional development plan. The programme will begin in March 2024. 

ALL and ALiM are two-year programmes.

Year 1 - Focus on developing effective classroom practices to respond to needs and accelerate target students. Teachers would carry out several inquiries and interventions with groups of students in this time. 

Year 2 - Continue inquiries around acceleration for target groups of students. There will be an additional focus on establishing school-wide systems to support acceleration - sharing professional learning and contributing to the school’s strategic plan. 

Ministry funding for Programmes for Students 

The Ministry of Education funds $4000 per teacher per year for ALL and ALiM to allow release time for planning, meetings, and evaluation. Participating kaiako/teachers are connected with a Ministry-funded mentor who supports leadership and kaiako/teachers to engage in inquiry and planning.

Prioritising Programmes for Students 

For Programmes for Students to be effective, it needs to be given a high priority within the school's professional development plan. Kaiako and teachers involved need to make sure they have time available to engage in ongoing learning and development. 

Mathematics Support Teacher for 2024

Mathematics Support Teacher (MST) is being phased out in 2024 and replaced with a significant increase in the number of ALiM places available.

The reasons for this are:

  • Cost and affordability.
  • A move towards more inclusive models (MST has predominantly been a withdrawal model.)
  • The ability to impact more ākonga through ALiM.

Kaiako and teachers who have received Mathematics Support Teacher training in 2023 will have the option to complete their Mathematics Support Teacher training in 2024 or transfer over to ALiM. If they want to transfer over, kaiako/teachers will need to complete the Expression of Interest form with their principal’s approval. 

How to apply for Programmes for Students

Key dates:

  • Expressions of interest open on 24 October 2023.
  • Expressions of interest close on 21 November 2023.
  • Schools informed of successful or unsuccessful applications in early December 2023.
  • Mentors begin working with schools in March 2024.

Programmes for Students Expression of Interest form

Complete the Expression of Interest form. Each school’s principal must sign the completed form. An incomplete application may be returned to the school to fully complete. Please send completed forms to the local regional PfS lead (listed below). If we receive any late applications, we will prioritise the applications that have been received before the closing date.

Download the Expression of interest form

Word 2007 icon. Programmes for Students Expression of Interest form 2024 (Word 2007, 77 KB)

Applications close 21 November 2023.

To be eligible for Programmes for Students, teachers will need to: 

  • be fully registered/certificated and able to commit for 2 years
  • have sound pedagogical and content knowledge of literacy/mathematics, demonstrating an understanding of progression at all relevant levels
  • be culturally responsive and take identities, languages and cultures into consideration as well as holding high expectations of all ākonga
  • be willing to and capable of transferring knowledge of effective practice to others in the school
  • be teaching at a state or state-integrated school.

This intervention is designed for teachers who have taught for several years and have sound pedagogical and content knowledge of literacy/mathematics, ensuring an understanding of progression at all levels.

Programmes for Students is delivered in English-medium schools. Mauri Tū Mauri Ora is the equivalent offered to Māori-medium schools.

How schools will be prioritised for ALL and ALiM

Schools within each region will be weighted using the following prioritisation criteria in this order:

  1. Schools that have a high proportion of ākonga tracking below expected achievement levels.
  2. Schools that have a high proportion of Māori, Pacific and neurodiverse ākonga.
  3. Schools who have not been involved in the programme previously or recently.
  4. High equity index ranges from highest to lowest range.

Find information about the equity index - Ministry of Education - The Equity Index - Key resources and analysis

Additional selection factor - Schools put forward by local education advisors.

Contact us

For more information, please contact your Regional Lead.

2023 Programmes for Students Regional Leads contact details.
Region Regional lead contact Email
Te Tai Tokerau

Kathy Hancock

Lesley Parton



Tāmaki Makaurau North and West Chrissy Denison Chrissy.Denison@education.govt.nz
Tāmaki Makaurau Central and East Chrissy Denison Chrissy.Denison@education.govt.nz
Tāmaki Makaurau South and Southwest Chrissy Denison Chrissy.Denison@education.govt.nz
Bay of Plenty (Waiariki) Niall Dinning Niall.Dinning@education.govt.nz
Hawke’s Bay (Tairāwhiti) Virginia Guerin Virginia.Guerin@education.govt.nz

Lisa Metcalfe

Kym Lenihan



Taranaki/Manawatū/Whanganui Mark Corrigan Mark.Corrigan@education.govt.nz
Wellington Rebecca Power enquiries.lowerhutt@education.govt.nz
Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast Janine Higgins Janine.higgins@education.govt.nz
Canterbury/Chatham Islands Verity Tamepo PFS.Canterbury@education.govt.nz

Seth Liu

Trish Boyle



Updated on: 24 Oct 2023