Working in a school
Employment agreements, pay, allowances and benefits for teachers, principals, support staff and special education staff working in schools. Qualifying as a teacher, study scholarships or getting back into teaching are explained on the TeachNZ website.
- Finding a job
- Becoming a teacher or rejoining the profession
- Employment agreements, pay, allowances and benefits
- Employment relationship problems
- Primary and secondary principal job shadow 2018 - closes 12 March 2018
Teachers, administrators and other support staff are directly employed by schools. Schools advertise vacancies and manage their own appointment processes. If you are looking for this type of role see the vacancies available in the Education Gazette.
If you are interested in becoming a teacher or rejoining the profession after a break the following links have information about qualifying as a teacher, study grants for existing teachers, getting back into the profession and teachers with overseas qualifications. You can also find out about scholarships available for students studying to become a teacher.
- TeachNZ website (external link)
- Returning to teaching (external link)
- Teacher Education Refresh programme (external link)
- Teacher Registration and Practising Certificates (external link)
- Kiwi teachers returning home (external link)
- International qualifications assessment (external link)
If you are becoming a teacher you may be eligible for service credit for salary purposes based on your previous work experience.
If you are returning to teaching, you may be eligible for service credit for salary purposes for your work experience since leaving teaching.
The following collective agreements contain provisions relevant to this for teachers who are employed under those agreements or under an individual employment agreement promulgated by the Secretary for Education:
- Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement – Appendix 6
- Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement – Appendix 7
- Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement – Appendix A
You can read more about the salary assessment process and how to apply for service credit for previous relevant work experience on the Novopay website (external link) .
Find out about your collective agreements, individual employment agreements, pay scales, increments, allowances and other benefits.
An employment relationship problem could be a personal grievance or a dispute about the meaning or application of any part of an individual employment agreement. There is a set process to follow to resolve employment relationship problems, including help and mediation through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Applications are now open for the school principal job shadow 2018.
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