Study and sabbatical leave

If you’re interested in completing a qualification, gaining another qualification so you can teach a different subject, or taking time off to research a topic of interest, you may qualify for study leave or sabbatical leave.

Primary principals and teachers

Study awards

There are 75 full-time study awards granted each year across New Zealand for primary school teachers and principals. Your employment agreement allows you to have paid leave if you qualify for one of the study awards. Leave entitlements are set out in the collective agreements as follows:

Clause 7.10 – Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement

Clause 4.8 – Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement

You can also be given unpaid leave to prepare for and sit exams and for travelling time.

Sabbatical leave

Sabbatical leave allows you to take up to 10 weeks’ paid leave to carry out research that will benefit your school or the education sector.

A certain number of sabbaticals are awarded each year across New Zealand, including:

  • 100 for primary principals, and
  • 50 for primary teachers.

Leave entitlements are set out in the collective agreements as follows:

Clause 7.12 – Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement

Clause 4.10 – Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement

Secondary and area school principals

Study awards

Your school board may allow you to take special leave, either with or without pay, for study or other professional development.

Leave entitlements are set out in the collective agreements as follows:

Clause 5.7.7 – Secondary Principals’ Collective Agreement

Clause 5.1.5 – Area School Principals’ Collective Agreement

Sabbatical leave

Sabbatical leave allows you to take up to 10 weeks’ paid leave to carry out research that will benefit your school or the education sector. A certain number of sabbaticals are awarded each year across New Zealand for secondary and area school principals.

Leave entitlements are set out in the collective agreements as follows:

Clause 5.12 – Secondary Principals’ Collective Agreement

Clause 5.6 – Area School Principals’ Collective Agreement

Secondary and area school teachers

Study awards

Study leave allows you to have paid time off work while you’re studying. You can also be given unpaid leave to prepare for and sit exams and for travelling time. A certain number of full-time study awards are granted each year across New Zealand, including:

  • 75 for secondary teachers
  • 5 for area school teachers, and another 2 for studies in te reo Māori or Māori immersion learning.

Leave entitlements are set out in the collective agreements as follows:

Clause 6.6.6 – Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement

Clause 5.6.6 – Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement

Secondary school teachers can study part time with a study support grant that allows you 4 hours a week of paid time off for study. Your school is given extra funding to cover another teacher for this time.

Sabbatical leave

Sabbatical leave allows you to take 10 weeks’ paid leave to carry out research that will benefit your school or the education sector. A certain number of sabbaticals are awarded each year across New Zealand, including:

  • 40 for secondary teachers, and
  • 12 for area school teachers.

Leave entitlements are set out in the collective agreements as follows:

Clause 6.6.7 – Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement

Clause 5.6.10 – Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement

Further information

Visit the TeachNZ website for more information about how and when to apply for study and sabbatical opportunities.

Study awards, sabbaticals and study support grants – Teach NZ website (external link)

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