Teacher Supply update – more teachers in our classrooms

Please attribute to Ellen MacGregor-Reid, Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary for Early Learning and Student Achievement

Ministry of Education 2018 data shows more people are training to be teachers, more teachers are entering the workforce and more teachers are staying in the profession.

Last year nearly 400 more domestic students started beginning teacher training compared to 2017 – a 9.8% increase. This included a 16% increase in primary enrolments. There were 4,300 domestic students who started teacher training overall.

The total number of teachers increased by over 1,000 (672 primary and 332 secondary), adding to the 70,000 strong teaching workforce. There were also around 2,000 more beginning primary teachers employed (13% increase), and around 1,200 more beginning secondary teachers employed (6% increase).

In 2018, more beginning teachers were given permanent full time roles than in previous years. This helps them start their careers and stay teaching in the long term.

Our teaching retention rates remained high with the vast majority staying in the profession. This includes over 94% of teachers and over 80% of beginning teachers still working in the profession after three years.

The Education Workforce Strategy is identifying new roles that will be needed in the future to support teachers to focus on their teaching.

We will continue to progress teacher supply initiatives to ensure more qualified teachers are in classrooms:

  • Helping more than 1,300 teachers either return, or remain teaching by the Government funded Teacher Education Refresh programme
  • Awarding 348 TeachNZ scholarships in 2018, to cover study costs and provide an allowance whilst encouraging teaching in specific subjects e.g. Science, Technology, Maths, Te Reo Māori
  • Assisting around 80 Teach First NZ participants to start in secondary schools in 2019, where they teach while completing a postgraduate teaching qualification
  • Awarding 354 grants to assist New Zealand overseas teachers with costs to return home to teach
  • Allocating 230 grants to assist graduates into their first roles
  • Screening and making available for interviews 1,100 overseas qualified teachers (having received over 11,900 expressions of interest). There have been 283 teachers who have accepted roles to-date.

 Notes to editors:

  • Initial Teacher Education (ITE) first time enrolments are those students enrolling in an ITE  qualification for the first time and who are new to teacher training in that year.
  • Beginning teachers are those in their first year of teaching as a qualified teacher in a State or State-integrated school in New Zealand. This includes both graduates from initial teacher education and teachers who have joined the payroll from overseas.
  • In 2018, 30% of beginning primary teachers and 42% of beginning secondary teachers were employed in permanent full time roles.
  • In 2018, 94.5% of teachers employed in fixed-term and permanent roles (known as regular teachers) chose to remain in the teaching workforce (primary 95% and secondary 94%). Regional retention figures are available in the table below.
  • Retention figures exclude day-relief teachers who are employed on a short term or casual basis.

Data Tables

Teacher Workforce data
https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/schooling/workforce/teacher-workforce

Teacher Movement data
https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/schooling/workforce/teacher-movement

Initial Teacher Education statistics
https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/tertiary-education/initial-teacher-education-statistics

Regional breakdown of retention of regular teachers 2017 – 2018

These retention figures represent regular teachers who remained on the teacher payroll. They do not represent employment status and any given teacher may have changed roles within a school, or between schools, or between regions.

For example in 2018, 97.69% of the regular teachers who were employed on the West Coast in 2017 were still teaching, on the West Coast or elsewhere in New Zealand.

Retention of regular Primary teachers

Region

2018 Primary teacher numbers

2017

2018

Chatham Is. County

12

100.00%

100.00%

West Coast Region

234

95.95%

97.69%

Tasman Region

371

92.53%

96.79%

Southland Region

737

96.84%

96.39%

Taranaki Region

929

95.17%

96.11%

Bay of Plenty Region

2,318  

93.38%

95.42%

Otago Region

1,419  

94.86%

95.42%

Northland Region

1,322  

95.24%

95.42%

Gisborne Region

406

93.60%

95.31%

Hawkes Bay Region

1,347  

95.58%

95.27%

Canterbury Region

4,138  

94.66%

95.26%

Manawatu-Whanganui Region

1,841  

94.94%

94.94%

Waikato Region

3,415  

95.06%

94.91%

Auckland Region

11,652  

94.09%

94.62%

Marlborough Region

326

95.33%

94.53%

Wellington Region

3,618  

94.80%

94.15%

Nelson Region

354

93.02%

93.35%

 

Auckland

11,652

94.09%

94.62%

All of NZ

34,439  

94.54%

94.95%

 

Retention of regular Secondary teachers

Region

2018 Secondary teacher numbers

2017

2018

Southland Region

667

94.60%

95.97%

Gisborne Region

411

91.83%

95.09%

Canterbury Region

3,253

92.42%

94.85%

Otago Region

1,304

92.12%

94.84%

Manawatu-Whanganui Region

1,464

94.51%

94.63%

Taranaki Region

684

93.83%

94.28%

Hawkes Bay Region

1,091

94.08%

94.28%

Bay of Plenty Region

1,859

93.64%

94.04%

Waikato Region

2,606

93.32%

93.98%

Nelson Region

321

95.36%

93.83%

Wellington Region

2,603

91.89%

93.76%

Auckland Region

7,713

92.37%

93.52%

Tasman Region

298

92.73%

93.08%

Northland Region

1,183

91.72%

92.67%

West Coast Region

194

95.43%

92.35%

Marlborough Region

200

92.27%

91.39%

 

Auckland

7,713

92.37%

93.52%

All of NZ

26,195

92.78%

93.96%

NB: This table (Secondary teacher retention) was corrected on 18 April 2019 at 4.30 pm. The original released version contained sorting errors which misstated teacher retention rates for some regions.

 

 

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