Principals and teachers

This directory supports boards and school teaching staff to understand the rights and responsibilities that are associated with their roles.

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Inform

  • Boards
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Teachers and Kaiako
  • Administrators

Boards and school staff must comply with the requirements set out in employment agreements.

Primary schools

Primary principals in state and state-integrated schools and kura are covered by the Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement (PPCA), or an Individual Employment Agreement (IEA), with similar terms and conditions as the PPCA.

Primary teachers in state and state-integrated schools and kura are covered by the terms and conditions of either the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (PTCA), or an Individual Employment Agreement (IEA), with similar terms and conditions as the PTCA.

Secondary schools

Secondary principals in state and state-integrated schools and kura are covered by the terms and conditions of either the Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement (SPCA), or an Individual Employment Agreement (IEA), with similar terms and conditions as the SPCA. 

Secondary teachers in state and state-integrated schools and kura are covered by the terms and conditions of either the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (STCA), or an Individual Employment Agreement (IEA), with similar terms and conditions as the STCA.

Area schools

Area school principals in state and state-integrated schools and kura are covered by either the Area School Principals’ Collective Agreement (ASPCA), or an Individual Employment Agreement (IEA), with similar terms and conditions as the ASPCA. 

Area school teachers in state and state-integrated schools and kura are covered by the terms and conditions of either the Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement (ASTCA), or an Individual Employment Agreement (IEA), with similar terms and conditions as the ASTCA.

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu Early Childhood

Most early childhood teachers employed by Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu will be covered by the Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu Early Childhood Teachers’ Collective Agreement, or the Individual Employment Agreement (IEA).

Kindergartens

Most kindergarten teachers employed by one of the 33 kindergarten associations will be covered by the Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers' Collective Agreement (KTCA), or the Individual Employment Agreement (IEA).

Police vetting for schools and Kura Māori

Police vetting is part of the safety checking process a school or kura Māori must do when employing or engaging staff. This is a requirement of both the Education and Training Act 2020 and the Children's Act 2014.

Performance management

All staff are required to participate in a school’s performance management process. 

Scholarships, awards and funding for people working in schools

Find out about the scholarships, awards, funding and sabbaticals available to principals and teachers.

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