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Support staff

In 2016, the Government decided to freeze school's operations grant funding - funding which pays for support staff and running costs.

In 2017, with a frozen operations grant, it's becoming increasingly difficult for schools to make ends meet, for children and young people to access the support they need, and for support staff to secure higher wages and job security.

Thousands of New Zealanders agree that support staff - teacher aides, administrators, librarians, technicians, kaiarahi and many others - make a significant contribution to the education of our children and young people.

They want the Government to recognise this contribution too. That's why they're asking the Government to unfreeze the operations grant. They want better funding for support staff, so we can have better learning for kids.

Support Staff Day 2019

International Day of Education Support Staff Personnel is 16 May 2019. Start planning events around this date and please share your plans and school celebrations with your communities. This is a great opportunity for you to be a voice for support staff.

Given that this year is a big year for support staff and our collective agreement expires on 15 July, we're also planning campaign events for our traditional Support Staff Day - the second Wednesday of June. There will be more information available closer to the time, so keep an eye out for this.

School administrators keep our schools running smoothly, day in and day out.

We're kicking off our pay equity claim for school administration staff—first of all, by finding out exactly what it is that these staff do. We'll use this information as part of the claim to help understand the value that you bring to your workplace.

In the leadup to the General Election in 2017 we challenged sitting MPs and candidates to spend a day walking in our shoes. 

101 reasons why support staff need better funding

We asked the community to tell us why it's so important that support staff are valued. We asked for 1o1 reasons why -- and we got dozens more than that.

Inclusive education

Many of our support staff members are specialists who work alongside disabled children and their whānau to make sure that they're getting access to an equitable education.

Find out when and where your local paid union meeting is.