Accord Teacher Only Days

Eight additional Teacher Only Days were allocated in an Accord between the Ministry of Education, NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA Te Wehengarua. Information on these days for all settings is provided below.

2020 dates for accord teacher only days for secondary schools and wharekura

UPDATED: 2020 dates for accord teacher only days for secondary schools and wharekura

A Secondary Accord Sub-Group has been established to co-design and support the implementation of eight additional teacher only days allocated in an Accord between the Ministry of Education, NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA Te Wehengarua.

All schools and kura have been allocated eight additional teacher only days to use between now and the end of 2022.These eight days will not extend the school year.

These days are set aside to support the implementation of changes to NCEA, and wider strengthening of curriculum, progress and achievement practice.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Accord Sub-Group, along with the Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand (SPANZ), and New Zealand Secondary Principals’ Council (SPC), have agreed to make the following changes to the yearly allocation:

  • There will be no teacher only day in August 2020. 
  • There will be a teacher only in November 2020 which will occur while senior students (Years 11, 12 and 13) are sitting their external exams.
  • The focus of the teacher only day in November will focus on changes to NCEA. Details will be confirmed closer to the time.
  • The teacher only day originally scheduled for August 2020 will now be used in 2022. This means that the eight days will now be allocated as follows: one day scheduled for 2020, three for 2021, and four for 2022.

The Accord Sub-Group will provide supporting material and support for all days including November 2020 days. As schools begin to plan for 2021, the Sub-Group understand it is important to provide the 2021 dates to schools at the earliest opportunity.    

The 2020 Teacher Only Days will be rolled out regionally as follows:

Dates for the 2020 teacher only days for secondary schools

 DAY 1

Date

Education Region 1

Education Region 2

Tuesday 17 November

Wellington

Otago Southland

Thursday 19 November

Auckland

Canterbury

Monday 23 November

Nelson / Marlborough / West Coast

Bay of Plenty / Rotorua / Taupō

Wednesday 25 November

Waikato

Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Friday 27 November

Tai Tokerau

Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatū

The Minister of Education, under section 65D(1) of the Education Act 1989, can authorise boards to be open for fewer half days than usually required. See the letter from the Minister of Education approving the reduction of half days for schools and kura over the above periods.

Schools should continue to plan their existing teacher only days as before. 

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 one 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 (CPA) Report
  • Familiarise themselves with curriculum work changes that will become available over the term of the collective agreements.

Curriculum Progress and Achievement report [PDF, 671 KB]

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

  • 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 one 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 eight days are to be used during the term of the current collective agreements. 

Area Schools Accord Teacher Only Days 

The June 2019 Accord between NZEI, PPTA and the Ministry allows for 8 teacher only days in the course of the collective agreements. 

Both NZEI and PPTA members work in Area Schools. There are different approaches to the use of the teacher only days in the primary and secondary sectors. 

PPTA members will use the 8 days to attend the mandated secondary sector NCEA change days. 

NZEI members will be using the days to work on curriculum changes in the context of local priorities following consultation with the school community. 

There will be 8 days allowed for teacher only days during the term of the collective.  These 8 days will not extend the school year. 

The days are not the only PLD teachers are entitled to. 

Minister’s Reduction in half-days letter

The Minister of Education, under section 65D(1) of the Education Act 1989, can authorise boards to be open for fewer half days than usually required. See the letter from the Minister of Education approving the reduction of half days for schools and kura over the above periods. 

Letter from the Minister of Education approving the reduction of half days [PDF, 205 KB]

More information on setting term dates, holidays and closing days

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