Accord teacher-only days for primary settings

Arising from the recent employment agreement negotiations for the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement, the Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement, the Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement and the Area School Principals’ Collective Agreement, it was agreed that any 1 principal or teacher is entitled to a maximum of 8 teacher-only days.

These days are to provide teachers and principals with additional time to: 

  • refresh and deepen their knowledge and practice around the local curriculum (within the context of the removal of national standards)
  • strengthen their understanding of the use of assessment tools for learning and teaching
  • respond to the recommendations of the education work programme in the Curriculum, progress and achievement update report
  • familiarise themselves with curriculum work changes that will become available over the term of the collective agreements.

Curriculum, progress and achievement update report [PDF, 671 KB]

The teacher-only days, both in terms of actual days and use must be set in consultation with the board. 

  • Because schools will be closed for instruction, it is important that parents and whānau are given at least a term’s notice of the dates.
  • Parents and whānau often have children at more than 1 school. Schools and kura should take all practicable steps to align the dates of the teacher-only days with other primary and intermediate schools to ensure that parents and whānau are not excessively disrupted.

The 8 days are to be used during the term of the current collective agreements.

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