Teacher supply has been tightening in some areas, including Auckland, as well as in some subjects such as the sciences, technology, maths and Te Reo Māori.
In December 2017, the Government announced a $9.5 million boost (external link) to address immediate teacher supply pressures. Funding announced in Budget 2018 extends the provisions of that package.
The package aims to assist schools to address immediate teacher supply pressures by supporting more graduates into permanent teaching positions, supporting experienced teachers back into the profession and recruiting new graduates into teaching. Details of these initiatives can be found below:
- Expansion of the Auckland Beginner Teacher Project (external link)
- Expansion of the Teach First NZ programme (external link)
- Expansion of the Voluntary Bonding Scheme (external link)
- Covering the cost of the Teacher Education Refresher course (external link)
- Establishment of a 3R (recruitment, retention and responsibility) National Fund (external link)
- Development of a marketing campaign to attract teachers (external link)
In addition to those initiatives, we are working alongside the profession to encourage young people to choose teaching as a career. The Ministry is also developing a comprehensive, future-focused education workforce strategy in partnership with the sector.
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