Working in a school

Employment agreements, pay, allowances and benefits for teachers, principals, support staff and special education staff working in schools. Qualifying as a teacher, study scholarships or getting back into teaching are explained on the TeachNZ website.

Finding a job

Teachers, administrators and other support staff are directly employed by schools. Schools advertise vacancies and manage their own appointment processes. If you are looking for this type of role see the vacancies available in the Education Gazette.

Search vacancies – Education Gazette (external link)

Becoming a teacher or rejoining the profession

If you are interested in becoming a teacher or rejoining the profession after a break the following links have information about qualifying as a teacher, study grants for existing teachers, getting back into the profession and teachers with overseas qualifications. You can also find out about scholarships available for students studying to become a teacher.

If you are becoming a teacher you may be eligible for service credit for salary purposes based on your previous work experience.

If you are returning to teaching, you may be eligible for service credit for salary purposes for your work experience since leaving teaching.

The following collective agreements contain provisions relevant to this for teachers who are employed under those agreements or under an individual employment agreement promulgated by the Secretary for Education:

You can read more about the salary assessment process and how to apply for service credit for previous relevant work experience on the Novopay website (external link) .

Employment agreements, pay, allowances and benefits

Find out about your collective agreements, individual employment agreements, pay scales, increments, allowances and other benefits.

Employment relationship problems

An employment relationship problem could be a personal grievance or a dispute about the meaning or application of any part of an individual employment agreement. There is a set process to follow to resolve employment relationship problems, including help and mediation through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Primary and secondary school principal job shadow 2018

Applications are now open for the school principal job shadow 2018.  

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