STAR - Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource

Status of STAR funding

The Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) funding is no longer tagged.

What does this mean for schools in 2014?

STAR funding is part of the Operational funding, which is the money a board of trustees receives from the Government to implement the goals of the school's charter, and to run the school. The STAR funding will remain the same during 2014, which means that all eligible schools will continue to receive STAR funding.

It is recommended that STAR funding continue to be used to facilitate transition to further education, training, and employment by providing or purchasing tertiary-type courses.

Tertiary-type courses funded through STAR will better meet students’ needs, which will motivate them to achieve their full potential.
STAR funding may also be used to support students to explore career pathways and help them make informed decisions about their schooling and future work or study.

However, schools now have discretion about how to use the funding, and no longer need to report on the use of the funding to the Ministry. It is expected that schools will continue to manage and monitor STAR funded activities for audit purposes.
While the purpose of STAR is still to fund courses that are not based on The New Zealand Curriculum or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the STAR Excluded List will no longer be maintained.

What will happen after 2014?

STAR and Gateway are currently under review. The review is an opportunity to ensure the programmes align with the Government’s policy aims, promote successful transitions to further study and work, and contribute to more young people achieving NCEA Level 2 or equivalent qualifications.

The outcome of this review will be announced in 2014 and may impact on how STAR is calculated and its status as untagged funding.

Purpose of STAR funding

The Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) delivers additional funds to all State secondary schools with year 11-13+ students. STAR assists boards of trustees, principals and schools to meet the needs of students whose career and study would benefit by undertaking courses and programmes not related to the New Zealand Curriculum or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. It helps schools transition students to further education, training and employment, and focuses on those intending to go straight into the workforce by linking secondary education to the workplace through New Zealand qualifications and work experience.

STAR should be seen in the context of the Youth Guarantee, which has as its goal that all secondary students will achieve NCEA Level 2, thereby facilitating transition into the workplace or further education. Programmes under the Youth Guarantee initiative that contribute to this goal include Vocational Pathways, Secondary-Tertiary programmes, Trade Academies, and Service Academies. STAR complements this goal by providing opportunities for students to undertake vocational training and work experience in areas that fall outside those usually covered by the New Zealand Curriculum or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, and to earn credits towards NCEA and other New Zealand qualifications while doing so.

The information provided below is primarily a resource for STAR coordinators, but includes information for external providers, boards of trustees, principals, teachers, and parents and caregivers.

Content last updated: 13 October 2014