Longer term work
Learn about the longer term work between the Ministry of Education, New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) and NZEI Te Riu Roa, to address other issues affecting teacher aides.
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The teacher aide pay equity settlement includes commitment to longer term work.
- What does the work focus on?
- When is the work happening?
- Further information about the settlement outcomes
The Ministry of Education, New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) and NZEI Te Riu Roa recognise that there are broader matters that need addressing to fix work issues affecting teacher aides.
These are being worked through under the education Accord that was signed by the Ministry of Education, NZEI Te Riu Roa, and PPTA Te Wehengarua in 2019.
The purpose of this Accord is to work together to resolve a range of issues, including looking at the roles para-professionals (such as teacher aides) may hold, their career pathways, and how these roles are funded.
Reviewing the way schools are resourced for teacher aides
Currently, state and state-integrated schools receive the bulk of their resourcing in two ways – through staffing entitlement and operational grants. Schools use operational grants and specific funding for learning support, rather than staffing entitlements to fund teacher aides. This can mean that their role has to sometimes compete with other operational priorities.
Sector Reference Group
The Accord Governance Group has established a Sector Reference Group (SRG) as part of the review to:
- help understand current issues in more depth
- develop, test and refine policy options and possible improvements
- develop and support wider sector engagement.
This work will support the development of recommendations for the Accord Governance Group and the Minister of Education. The SRG will ensure that there is meaningful engagement with the sector throughout the review.
Providing guidance on the use of fixed-term agreements to ensure they are being used appropriately
The majority of teacher aides appear to be on fixed term contracts. The use of fixed-term agreements for teacher aides needs to be appropriate, and both schools and teacher aides need to be aware of legal requirements.
What is planned?
Information around schools’ use of fixed term agreements will be collected by NZEI Te Riu Roa and the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA).
Based on this, guidance for schools on how to use fixed term agreements will be developed.
Establishing a working group to explore career pathways and professional development for teacher aides
Teacher aides have varying levels of opportunity to access qualifications or professional development.
What is planned?
A working group has been set up under the Accord to explore potential career pathways to keep teacher aides in the workforce, retaining their expertise and knowledge, and supporting their work through consistent and recognised induction and ongoing professional development.
Work on these areas of focus started in 2020. Many of these are complex issues and at this stage, it is anticipated that the work will take two to five years to complete, before sustainable solutions can be implemented.
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