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Employment-based Trainee Teachers

Official notices New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 15 February 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9hPX

Boards of Trustees of schools and kura can request that an employment-based trainee teacher position is established in their school.

The guidelines detailing the process Boards should follow to apply for a trainee teacher position have been published.

Students participating in employment-based initial teacher education (ITE) have their study moulded around time spent in the classroom. Under employment-based ITE, trainee teachers are employed by schools as teachers while undertaking their teaching qualification, instead of being based in universities, with some in-school experience. Employment-based ITE attracts high calibre students into teaching and equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to meet the needs of diverse learners.

This will allow trainee teachers to earn while they learn, build confidence with more in-classroom experience and be supported by a strong mentoring programme.

What a trainee teacher position looks like in a classroom will be different for each trainee teacher and will be agreed by the trainee teacher, their mentor and the school.

This amendment is in addition to the May 2017 announcement to lift the moratorium on new teacher education programmes from January 2018, and the 2019 expansion of the Teach First NZ programme announced as part of the teacher supply package in December 2017.

These guidelines support an amendment to the Education Act under section 91O in October 2016.

For more information visit TeachNZ  

Further information

Contact: Frances Walsh

 (04) 463 2833