2.15 Specialist Teacher

2.15.1 Each area school shall be entitled to select a permanent teacher to perform the role of a Specialist Teacher.

2.15.2 A school with a school roll of 1-99 shall receive a time allowance of 0.08 FTTE per week. This time allowance shall be timetabled Specialist Teacher time and shall be in addition to non-contact time or classroom release time. The Specialist Teacher shall allocate a minimum of two hours in their timetabled week to the professional development and guidance of other teaching staff. Schools with rolls of 1-99 may opt, by mutual agreement with another school, to engage a teacher employed at that other school to perform this role. In such circumstances the staffing will be transferred to the employing board of trustees of that teacher.

2.15.3 A school with a school roll of 100 or more shall receive a time allowance of 0.16 FTTE per week. This time allowance shall be timetabled Specialist Teacher time and shall be in addition to non-contact time or classroom release time. The Specialist Teacher shall allocate a minimum of four hours in their timetabled week to the professional development and guidance of other teaching staff.

2.15.4 Appointment criteria to the position of Specialist Teacher include:

    1. being a permanently appointed registered teacher; and
    2. having at least six years total teaching experience (either in New Zealand or overseas); and
    3. having had three successful attestations against the experienced classroom teacher standards (Schedule 1 of this agreement), or overseas equivalent; and
    4. being a full time teacher, or a part time teacher with a significant classroom teaching load at time of application; and
    5. other criteria that may be subsequently agreed and promulgated by the parties.

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