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Study support centres

A study support centre is a Ministry of Education funded educational programme for year 3–8 students who may be at risk of educational under-achievement. The centres are designed to provide additional educational support for the students and are run outside of regular school time.

Target student group

Study support centres cater, primarily, to year 3–8 students, attending schools with a minimum roll size of 100 students, and are decile 1, 2, or 3. Centres can be run by schools or community groups, with preference given to joint school/community initiatives.

Study support centres can be supervised study centres within schools or supervised centres within community facilities.


Schools and community organisations can apply for funding to help run Study support centres. Groups of schools may also apply and a school or group of schools must have a minimum roll size of 100 students. Preference will be given to groups that will serve students from decile 1, 2, and 3 schools. Schools falling outside of this range may also be given funding for a centre at the discretion of the Ministry regional director.

Funding can only be used for running/operational costs and the employment of staff. It cannot be used for capital expenditure such as buildings and computers.

Access to computers is a priority for this initiative. Students must have access to the Internet in the same way they are now able to do so within the school environment. Please note that funding under this initiative cannot be used to purchase computers. The funding under this initiative is not necessarily expected to fully fund study support centres, we are helping those who are helping themselves and their communities assist with student achievement.

For further information please contact your Ministry of Education regional office or  Study.Supportcentres@education.govt.nz

Applying for a new study support centre

Schools and community groups who want to apply for funding to run a study support centre can download a study support centre application form and send it to their local Ministry of Education office.

Word 2007 icon. Study support centre – application form (Word 2007 34 KB)

Contract monitoring and reporting

Word 2007 icon. Study Support Centres 2017 mid-year report (Word 2007 17 KB)

There is a requirement under the SSC contract to report on outcomes and student achievement to ensure accountability for public funds. To be completed by managing school.