Support available to schools with teacher vacancies

We are working with principals who are experiencing difficulties to ensure that teacher vacancies are filled or that contingency plans are in place before the new school year begins

We know that teacher supply is tightening in some subjects and areas around the country, but the preliminary feedback from our conversations with principals across Auckland shows that most schools will start the school year with a full complement of teachers.

Those that have vacancies have advised us that plans have been put in place to manage the gaps and minimise disruption.

Measures in place to reduce pressure -

  • We subsidise two recruitment agencies to help schools recruit teachers. In addition to helping with the recruitment of permanent staff, these agencies have around 300 relief teachers who are available to work in term one in the Auckland region.
  • We have extended the Auckland Beginning Teacher Project and applications for this are currently open. As of December 2017, 18 places have been filled and a number of other applications are being considered.  We are continuing to work with the Auckland Principals’ Association to promote the Auckland Beginning Teacher Project to Auckland principals. 
  • Schools can apply for the 3R (recruitment, retention and responsibility).
  • The Overseas Relocation Grant is available for teachers.
  • The Government will cover the cost of completing the Teacher Education Refresh for around 500 teachers in the first half of 2018. Since December, there have been almost 400 expressions of interest in this, which could result in hundreds more teachers getting back into classrooms.
  • NZQA has made some changes last year which means that some overseas teaching qualifications may not need an International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) for the purposes of teacher registration and teacher salary. Applications from teachers with these teaching qualifications (from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Fiji and South Africa) will be fast-tracked through the NZQA and Education Council process, and will save $746.
  • In the longer term, we are expanding the Voluntary Bonding Scheme to decile 1-3 state and state-integrated schools in Auckland, and to new teaching graduates in shortage subjects (the sciences, maths, technology and te reo Māori) and in Māori medium kura throughout the country, which essentially targets graduates who will enter the teaching workforce in 2018. Eligible applicants can apply for this in 2021.
  • For details about these and other initiatives go to the TeachNZ website.

Other information -

  • We have spoken to almost 380 of approximately 515 principals in the Auckland region, seeking feedback about their resourcing level for 2018. While we haven’t been able to make contact with all principals in the Auckland region yet, we have made a number of attempts to get in touch with them over the past week.  
  • From July to December 2017, 350 applications for International Qualification Assessments (IQA) for the purpose of teacher registration and teacher salary have been processed by NZQA. That’s around a hundred more applications than during the same period in the previous year.
  • In the last 12 months (Jan 2017 – Dec 2017), the Education Council has received 969 applications from overseas teachers looking to register in New Zealand. That’s an increase of 154 from the previous year. Of the 969 applications, 601 have been approved with a further 293 still in progress.

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