Review of how schools are resourced for teacher aides
The Accord agreed between the Ministry of Education, NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA Te Wehengarua included a commitment to review how schools are resourced for teacher aides.
About the review
This work is an opportunity for the education sector and the Ministry to work together to consider improvements to the resourcing model for teacher aides that strengthens outcomes for teacher aides, learners and their whānau.
An education sector reference group was established in March 2021 to conduct the review and provide a set of recommendations to the Accord Governance Group. The Accord invited peak bodies and organisations to nominate members for the group using a skills-based nomination process. The group has had 10 meetings across 2021 and 2022 to develop their proposal on how schools are resourced for teacher aides, contributing expertise and knowledge from across the education sector. It is chaired by the Honourable Tracey Martin.
The following peak bodies and organisations have had representation on the group:
- New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools
- NZEI Te Riu Roa
- PPTA Te Wehengarua
- Secondary Principals’ Association New Zealand
- Special Education Principals’ Association New Zealand
- New Zealand School Trustees Association
- New Zealand Pasifika Principals’ Association
- New Zealand Principals' Federation
- Te Akatea Principals' Association
- Ministry of Education.
The group submitted a paper with their proposal for how schools are resourced for teacher aides to the Accord Governance Group in July 2022.
Sector consultation on the group’s proposal
The sector reference group consulted with their constituents on the proposal between December 2022 and 6 April 2023. Consultation has now closed.
Next steps following consultation
The sector reference group will reconvene in May 2023 and use the feedback acquired through consultation to inform whether any changes are made to the proposal. The group will then submit their final recommended proposal to the Minister of Education to consider in mid-2023.
Important context for the proposal
This proposal focuses on English-medium education settings, and it is important that the proposal works for bilingual and Māori medium in otherwise English-medium schools. The Ministry engages separately with Kaupapa Māori peak bodies and stakeholders to strengthen and grow Kaupapa Māori education settings, kura and pathways. Our ways of working are adjusting as we improve our understanding of Kaupapa Māori needs, contexts and priorities. The Ministry is committed to considering support for teacher aide provision and related resourcing in Kaupapa Māori, but this will be progressed separately and will take a different approach.
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