Teacher supply package

The Government has announced a one off $9.5 million package to boost teacher supply. It addresses immediate pressures by supporting more graduates into permanent teaching positions, supports experienced teachers back into the profession and recruits new graduates into teaching.

This is the first stage of a comprehensive programme to alleviate teacher shortages and build a strong and engaged workforce. It is in addition to other initiatives currently underway to address teacher workloads and raise the status of the profession.

Voluntary bonding scheme

The eligibility of the Voluntary Bonding Scheme will be expanded to beginning teachers starting in decile 2 and 3 state and state integrated schools in Auckland next year. It will also include new teachers of science, technology, maths and te reo Māori nationwide and all new teachers in Māori medium settings. Up to 450 teachers are expected to be eligible and this will cost the cost the Government $3.757 million. 

Go to more information on the voluntary bonding scheme

Auckland beginner teacher project

Expanding the Auckland Beginner Teacher Project by 20 places will increase the employment of beginning teachers in permanent or fixed-term roles in Auckland primary schools and will support them to become fully certificated teachers. This takes the total number of new teachers supported to enter Auckland primary schools in 2018 to 60.

The additional 20 places for the 2018 year will cost $0.48 million.

Teacher Education Refresher (TER) course

The TER will be funded for the first 6 months of 2018, costing $1.250 million in 2018. We expect this will cover around 500 teachers. This will help retain experienced teachers whose practicing certificates are about to expire, and attract back teachers who haven’t taught for 6 years.

Go to more information on TER

Teach First NZ

The Government will expand the Teach First NZ programme, adding another 35 places in 2019.

The Teach First NZ programme recruits top graduates and professionals into schools where they teach while completing a postgraduate teaching qualification. There is typically higher numbers of Māori and Pasifika recruits, and specialists in shortage subjects.

People selected by Teach First NZ go through an intensive 8-week preparation for teaching and are then employed for two years in schools that serve low-income communities.  

As participants work as teachers in secondary schools from the start of the programme, Teach First NZ is able to get well qualified trainee teachers working in schools straight away, particularly in shortage subjects.

This will cost $0.559 million in 2018/2019, $0.929 million in 2019/2020 and $0.546 million in 2020/2021.

Go to more information about Teach First NZ

Recruitment fund

The Government is establishing a $1 million fund schools can apply to use this as an incentive to attract or retain a teacher, where there are no other available options.

The fund will cover the cost of additional payments that school boards can pay teachers, to increase the amount they are paid. Schools use their existing funds to make these payments, but some schools have difficulty finding the money needed and this can affect their ability to recruit or retain a teacher.

When a school is unable to employ a registered teacher, they can instead employ someone with Limited Authority to Teach (LAT). The Education Council grants LAT when schools are able to show that no registered teacher could be found.

The LAT allows a school to employ someone with skills that are in short supply – often people who have specialist skills but no teaching qualification, such as industry specialists in technology subjects.

However, people teaching with LAT are paid as untrained teachers which can mean a significant reduction in their income.

All state and state-integrated schools can apply to this fund when they have been unable to recruit a suitable registered teacher or teacher with Limited Authority to Teach without offering a 3R allowance. Schools will need to show that they cannot afford to pay the allowance from their existing funding.

We are finalising the details and will provide more information before Term 1 2018.

Marketing campaign

A $1 million targeted marketing campaign will attract teachers to New Zealand, increase enrolments in initial teacher education, re-engage teachers who have left teaching and support principals with recruitment.

Te Kura

Te Kura is a correspondence school specialising in providing learning to any students in a school unable to access a subject.

Schools that don’t have the capacity to provide subjects i.e. te reo Māori, science, mathematics and technology, can enrol their students with Te Kura.

When a school has a staff vacancy and no suitable applicants are available, Te Kura may approve dual tuition

We’ll work with Te Kura to ensure that school boards are aware of the options available, particularly when schools are unable to recruit registered teachers with the specialist skills they need.

Find out more about Te Kura, including how to apply for dual tuition http://www.tekura.school.nz/information-for-schools/.

Other initiatives

Overseas relocation grant

Teachers from overseas as well as New Zealand trained teachers who return to fill current vacancies will be eligible for relocation grants of up to $7,000. These grants will be available for up to 100 teachers each year for the next 2 years.

Go to more information on the overseas relocation grant.

Pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications

We know international teachers can make a big contribution to the number of teachers available to work in New Zealand. As well as the $9.5 million package, a range of pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications will make it faster, easier and cheaper for overseas teachers to come and work in New Zealand. 

This is available now. More information on is available at the NZQA website.

Get in touch

Please email any questions to teacher.supply@education.govt.nz or phone 04 463 2890.

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