3.8B Specialist Classroom Teacher

3.8B.1 Each secondary school shall be entitled to appoint a permanent teacher as a Specialist Classroom Teacher.

3.8B.2 Except as provided in 3.8B.3 the Specialist Classroom Teacher shall receive an additional 0.16 FTTE time allowance (equivalent to four hours per week). These four hours per week shall be timetabled Specialist Classroom Teacher time and shall be in addition to non-contact time. The Specialist Classroom Teacher shall allocate a minimum of four hours in their timetabled week to the professional development and guidance, mentoring and induction of other teaching staff.

3.8B.3 From the start of the 2008 school year, the Specialist Classroom Teacher in schools of a roll size of greater than 1200 shall receive a further 0.16 FTTE time allowance (a total of eight hours per week). These eight hours per week shall be timetabled Specialist Classroom Teacher time and shall be in addition to non-contact time. The Specialist Classroom Teacher shall allocate a minimum of eight hours in their timetabled week to the professional development and guidance, mentoring and induction of other teaching staff.

3.8B.4 Appointment criteria to the position of Specialist Classroom 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 (Supplement 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 (see the agreed guidelines for explanation); and
    5. other criteria in the agreed and published guidelines.

3.8B.5 A teacher appointed as a Specialist Classroom Teacher under 3.8B shall be paid an allowance equivalent in value to two units per annum (as per clause 4.3.2). For clarity, this is an allowance and is not a unit.

3.8B.6 Each teacher upon their first appointment as a Specialist Classroom Teacher shall have an entitlement to a reimbursement of fees for study towards relevant post graduate qualifications up to maximum of $1000 for each of two years (these years do not have to be consecutive provided that the teacher remains appointed as a SCT). This includes those teachers appointed as Specialist Classroom Teacher at the date of settlement of this agreement.

Note 1:  The parties have produced agreed guidelines, in consultation with NZ School Trustees Association, to assist in the appointment process and the development of this position as an alternative career pathway for those teachers who want to remain based in teaching practice through supporting and encouraging effective teaching, rather than following a management and administration pathway. The guidelines are amended by the parties from time to time to assist in these processes.

Note 2:  Attention is drawn to the agreed Specialist Classroom Teacher Guidelines in relation to holding units and other payments for those in the role of Specialist Classroom Teacher.

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