Our revised offer to secondary teachers - Factsheet

The Ministry of Education made a significant offer in Collective Agreement negotiations to 22,000 secondary teachers on 27 November 2018. Then on 8 March 2019 we presented a revised offer for secondary teachers within the total $496 million available.

The Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement covers the terms and conditions of employment for teachers in state and state integrated secondary schools in New Zealand.

Our new offer summary (revised 8 March) - $496 million

  • The total cost of the revised offer is $496 million over four years, compared to the first offer, worth $367 million made on 21 September 2018.       
  • All 22,000 teachers would see their base salaries increase by 3% every year for three years (cumulative increase of 9.3% over three years).   
  • The additional pay step at the top of the base scale offered in November 2018 would come into effect 12 months from the terms of settlement, instead of 24 months as previously offered. This would benefit around 15,000 (70%) trained teachers, who are currently on the maximum step of the base salary scale.      
  • These teachers would see their base salary increase from $78,000 to $85,233 through the introduction of the new pay step in March 2020, increasing to $87,790 in March 2021. This is $7,200 more pay annually after 12 months increasing to almost $10,000 after 24 months.        
  • A beginner secondary teacher’s base salary would increase from $51,200 to $55,948 if they were to start teaching in 2021. This is almost $5,000 more pay.

Additional remuneration

  • The majority of secondary teachers receive extra remuneration, for taking on additional responsibilities. 12,000 (57%) secondary teachers are paid above the top of the base scale. They receive extra payments in recognition of management and leadership responsibilities. For example, a teacher at the top of the scale and receiving two middle management allowances for extra responsibilities (currently worth $2,000 ($1,000 each) and would increase to $3,000 ($1,500 each) after the offer) is paid $80,000 currently and after the offer, this increases to $83,340 in 2019, $88,233 in 2020 and $90,790 in 2021.

We are also addressing teachers’ concerns outside the collective bargaining process.

Teacher Supply - $40 million

  • In October 2018 the Government committed a further $10.5 million for initiatives to boost teacher supply. This is on top of the $29.5 million for supply initiatives already announced in 2017.        
  • This funding supports initiatives that will support more new graduates into permanent teaching positions, help experienced teachers get back into the profession, attract New Zealand teachers back from overseas, and encourage qualified overseas-trained teachers to come and teach in New Zealand.      
  • Secondary teacher retention rates continue to remain high at over 90 per cent.  
  • As to encouraging more New Zealanders into teaching, the decline in the number of people training to be teachers (ITE enrolments) has been slowing, and our most recent information suggests that enrolments have increased from 2017 to 2018 by 330 (8%) and look likely to have increased again this year.   
  • Progress with new initiatives includes:
    • Allocating 230 of the new National Beginning Teacher Grants to 170 schools to increase their recruitment of graduate  teachers.          
    • As at 10 March 2019, the overseas recruitment campaign has resulted in 10,787 overseas teachers showing an interest in working in New Zealand including Auckland, 4,427 have been assessed and 576 qualified secondary candidates have been screened and made available to principals for immediate interview. Of these, 106 secondary teachers have so far accepted roles, including 56 in Auckland. Schools have currently lodged 134 secondary vacancies, including 79 in Auckland, with our recruitment agencies. 
  • Progress with ongoing initiatives includes:
    • Expanding the Voluntary Bonding Scheme to Decile 1 – 3 state and state-integrated schools in Auckland and to new teachers in shortage subjects e.g. science, maths, with the purpose of supporting graduates who have recently started teaching.            
    • Since January 2018, helping more than 370 secondary teachers enrol in the Government paid for Teacher Education Refresh programme to either return or remain in the profession.          
    • Assisting 80 Teach First NZ participants to start in schools in 2019 and 2020.          
    • Increasing the opportunities to apply for TeachNZ scholarships to three times a year, which encourage teaching in  areas that include science, technology, maths, te Reo Māori and Māori medium. The first round in October 2018, awarded 175 scholarships.
    • Approving grants to 35 overseas New Zealand trained secondary teachers to enable them to claim expenses incurred in returning to New Zealand to teach.      

Learning Support - $500 million

  • Budget 18 provided $283 million additional funding for Learning Support. The government then announced a further $217 million commitment to fund 600 new Learning Support Coordinators for schools.   
  • The Learning Support Coordinators will work alongside classroom teachers in schools and kura to strengthen their learning support capability, and lead school and kura-wide engagement with parents and whānau. This funding will allow about 1,000 schools (including primary schools / secondary schools) to have a full or part time Coordinator from 2020. Planning for a second tranche of Coordinators will begin after schools have implemented the first 600 roles.    
  • The Budget 18 funding will invest in these learning support initiatives: Early Intervention (to recruit more specialists, increase places, and increase study awards); increased funding for teacher aides; expansion of the Te Kahu Tōī intensive wraparound service to 365 students; and addressing cost pressures for the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme for about 1,000 additional students, supporting      sensory schools and New Zealand Sign Language services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and low-vision students.  

Workload – A wide range of activity is underway including:

  • Working with the sector to develop the Education Workforce Strategy, which will identify the shift between the current and future role of the teacher - and in doing so will identify the unique tasks that only a teacher can do.     
  • This strategy will be for the attraction, recruitment, deployment and retention of the entire education workforce, including identifying the type of technological support likely to be needed for the future.
  • It will be finalised in July 2019, with an implementation plan developed by September 2019.
  • Identifying opportunities for strengthening the NCEA qualification. Insights from this review will      show areas where it could be strengthened, and what a more future-focused NCEA might look like. It also has the potential to help with workload including reducing the workload associated with internal moderation, which could be effective during 2019.
  • The Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group on strengthening the use of the National Curriculum in Years 1 to 10. This activity will take into account workload, and will      assist the Government in considering curriculum resourcing.     
  • A joint taskforce (which includes members of PPTA and SPANZ) is identifying compliance-related administrative tasks that can be reduced or eliminated to free up time for principals to lead and teachers to teach.  
  • An Education Professionals’ Wellbeing Framework is being developed, with the aim of better supporting principals and teachers, as well as raising awareness of wellbeing resources. The      Ministry and sector groups, including the PPTA, are working in partnership towards developing a plan to share and implement the Framework more broadly with the wider education sector.
  • We are also reviewing how teachers assess student learning, which teachers have told us also impacts on workload and their ability focus on teaching.

How many secondary school teachers are there?

  • There are around 22,000 secondary teachers, excluding relief teachers

How many students?

  •  The 2018 roll had around 276,400 students enrolled in secondary schools

How many schools are there in the secondary sector?

  • There are around 374 secondary schools


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