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Study support centres

Study support centres (SSC) are educational programmes that provide additional educational support for students in Year 3-8 who may be at risk of educational under-achievement.  The Ministry of Education provides funding for schools or community groups to run study support centres outside of regular school times. 

The programmes are designed to assist senior primary students to develop or improve good study habits, leading to increased achievement as they progress through further education.


Target student group

Study support centres support students in Year 3–8 from decile 1–3 schools. Students outside of this year bracket are not excluded, although funding and reporting is to be directed at students within the year bracket.



Study support centres can be run by schools or community groups with preference given to joint school and/or community initiatives.

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



Students generally attend the SSC after school for six hours over three days each week. An SSC is expected to have a minimum of 15 students attending, provide students with a healthy snack each day and promote positive learning outside of the classroom.

An individual study plan is developed for each student. It includes:

  • a goal related to developing good study behaviours/habits that is relative to each individual student
  • other goals related to study habits or achievement, as appropriate
  • progress towards these goals should be regularly reviewed with students, and once achieved, new goals should be set.


Establishing a study support centre

Schools and community organisations can apply for funding to establish and help run study support centres. Schools may come together to apply as a group.

Preference will be given to groups that will support students in decile 1–3 schools.

Schools falling outside of this decile range may also be given funding for a study support centre at the discretion of the Ministry Director of Education in the region.


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 Ministry regional office.

Download a Word version of the Study support centre application form:

Word 2007 icon. Study Support Centre application form (Word 2007 56 KB)

Details for Ministry of Education regional offices. 

Ministry of Education - Local Ministry offices



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 educational programme. Students must have access to the internet.

Funding cannot be used to purchase computers.


Contract monitoring and reporting

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

Download a Word version of the Study Support Centre start-up report:

Word 2007 icon. Study Support Centre start-up report (Word 2007 20 KB)

Download a Word version of the Study Support Centre mid-year report:

Word 2007 icon. Study Support Centre mid-year report (Word 2007 20 KB)

Download a Word version of the Study Support Centre annual report:

Word 2007 icon. Study Support Centre annual report (Word 2007 32 KB)


Further information

Learning Support services
For information on Learning Support services, visit Learning Support  on the Ministry of Education's website. 

Ministry contacts and queries
To contact your Ministry regional office and Director of Education, go to Learning Support Services  on the Ministry's website.

For further queries, email the Ministry at Study.Supportcentres@education.govt.nz .