Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers' Collective Agreement

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Part Eight: Senior Teachers

Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective: 12 July 2019 to 11 July 2022

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  • 8.1 Hours of Work
      1. The normal hours of work should, as far as practicable, not exceed 40 hours per week to be worked from Monday to Friday inclusive.
      2. There may, however, be occasions when employees are required to attend the workplace, or elsewhere, outside normal hours to fulfil the duties and responsibilities of the position or for other purposes connected with their employment. Reasonable time off in lieu may be granted in recognition of this.
  • 8.2 Senior Teacher Appraisal
      1. The employer shall put in place appropriate procedures for professional performance appraisal developed in consultation with employees who are senior teachers.
      2. The setting of performance expectations and development objective(s) and the appraisal of senior teachers will be based around a set of national professional standards.
      3. When setting performance expectations and development objective(s) with individual senior teachers for the coming year, the appropriate professional standards against which the senior teacher is to be assessed should be confirmed between the senior teacher and the employer.
  • 8.3 Salary Scales
      1. In the settlement of the Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers' Collective Agreement 2000-2002 the parties committed themselves to the implementation of pay parity for kindergarten teachers. Senior teacher K3 and K4 salaries were benchmarked to the base salary (excluding the roll-based supplementary component) of a primary U2 and U3 principal respectively.
      2. Subject to 3.2, the following salary rates apply:
        1. Scale K3 Senior Teachers
          K3 Rate effective 2 May 2017 Rate effective 12 July 2019 Rate effective 12 July 2020 Rate effective 12 July 2021
          $88,681 $93,625 $96,434 $99,327
        2. Scale K4 Senior Teachers
          K4 Rate effective 2 May 2017 Rate effective 12 July 2019 Rate effective 12 July 2020 Rate effective 12 July 2021
          $96,219 $101,583 $104,631 $107,770
  • 8.4 Operation of the Salary Scale
      1. An employee shall be paid a salary on the K3 salary scale, unless the employee is appointed to a position where that employee is responsible for the management of other employees in the senior teacher team in which case that employee shall be paid the K4 salary rate.
      2. A senior teacher, who at 2 October 2000 was employed in a sole responsibility position which has been recognised under the terms of the expired Kindergarten Senior Teachers’ Collective Employment Contract as a K4 position, shall continue to be recognised as K4 for salary purposes.
  • 8.5 Annual Leave
      1. In addition to public holidays, employees shall be entitled, at the end of each year of their employment by an employer, to six weeks' paid annual leave.
      2. Employees shall be entitled to one day's paid holiday to be taken between Christmas and New Year in addition to the annual leave entitlement.
      3. Subject to the specific provisions of this agreement, the provisions of the Holidays Act 2003 shall apply.
      4. Senior teachers may take annual leave at any time during the year following prior arrangement with the employer whose consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. The employer shall ensure that the employee is able to take a two-week period on uninterrupted leave annually.
      5. Unused annual leave may accumulate from year to year to a maximum of twenty-five days with the agreement of the employer.
      6. Senior teachers who are absent on leave without pay in excess of five working days in any 12 months preceding their annual leave anniversary date shall have deducted from the following period of annual leave, one half day’s pay for every four days’ leave without pay.
      7. Where an employee ceases employment before taking any annual leave, the employer shall pay to such employee a sum equivalent to 12 percent of their gross earnings for the period when no annual leave was taken.
      8. Where an employee's employment terminates on the last working day before a public holiday, the employee shall be entitled to be paid for the public holiday concerned.
      9. Where an employee ceases employment before taking the proportion of their full entitlement of annual leave for the period that they were employed, the employer shall pay to such employees upon termination, the balance of the proportion of annual leave outstanding at the date of termination.
  • 8.6 Professional Development
      1. The parties recognise the importance of ongoing professional development for the role of senior teachers. The professional development needs of a senior teacher will be agreed in terms of the annual appraisal and/or on the identification by the employer or senior teacher of a particular professional development need or opportunity.
      2. A senior teacher will be entitled to ten days of professional development time in each full year for which they are employed, reduced on a pro rata basis for periods of employment of less than a full year, subject to:
          1. the senior teacher submitting to the employer a proposal identifying the professional development need and the means proposed of addressing it;
          2. the employer’s approval not being unreasonably withheld; and
          3. reasonable notice being given of the proposed programme and the timing which should have due regard to the employer’s operational requirements.
      3. The employer may reimburse related expenses.
      4. Professional development time not used in any given year may, with the approval of the employer, be carried forward for a further six (6) months.
      5. With the prior agreement of the employer, professional development time may be taken adjoining annual leave.
  • 8.7 Provision of Vehicle or Reimbursement of Expenses Incurred in the Use of Private Vehicles
      1. Provision of vehicle
        An employer may decide to provide a vehicle to senior teachers, where it considers the provision of a vehicle to be in the interests of the association. Use of the vehicle by the senior teacher shall be permitted for undertaking association work only, except as otherwise provided for by virtue of clause 1.8.1.
      2. Reimbursement for expenses incurred in the use of private vehicles
        Motor vehicle allowance at a rate of 62c per km for a car and 18c per km for a motor cycle or equivalent public transport fares shall be reimbursed to employees required by the employer to use their own vehicles undertaking association work.
  • 8.8 Accommodation and Meal Allowance
      1. Where the employer requires the employee to undertake duties which necessitate the employee's absence from home overnight, the employer shall reimburse actual and reasonable expenses incurred by the employee on submission of the appropriate receipts or vouchers.
      2. Where an employee’s attendance at a meeting prevents the employee returning home for the evening meal, the employer shall reimburse actual and reasonable expenses incurred by the employee in purchasing a meal on submission of the appropriate receipts or vouchers.