Developing a new primary career framework

The Ministry of Education, NZEI and the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) have been working together to produce a new career framework for primary teachers and principals.


The career framework development work was agreed as part of the settlement of the Primary Teachers’ and Primary Principals’ Collective Agreements in 2016.  A high level concept proposal about the framework is now open for consultation.

New Zealand teachers and principals pride themselves on providing an innovative and world-leading education for all students.  But career development is often iterative and there is no clear structure that enables them to map their career as they would like. 

The new framework

The new framework would enable teachers and principals in both state and state-integrated schools to progress their careers based on growth and demonstration of professional expertise, not just based on role. 

Professional expertise is defined as having the knowledge, skills and attributes of professional practice that reflect effective teaching and learning.

The final Primary Career Framework will eventually apply to all teachers and principals in the primary sector.  As part of the Terms of Reference we agreed a set of principles to guide the development and to ensure we achieve a framework that is beneficial for everyone in the sector. 

This paper sets out the high level concept, the detail will be developed over time and in consultation with teachers, principals and the wider education sector.

Next steps

Further development of the Primary Career Framework will happen once the Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement and the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement have been settled.




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