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Minister Kaye backs Education Council's call to help provisionally certificated teachers

18 May 2017

Minster of Education Hon. Nikki Kaye has announced she’s backing the Education Council’s call to extend an induction and mentoring scheme to help certain provisionally certificated teachers work towards full certification.

The Minister is making an additional $2million available to fund the extended scheme, which the Education Council will implement.

“It’s great to hear that the Minister of Education is providing tangible, meaningful financial support for provisionally certificated teachers to gain full certification. This means we can extend the scheme we’ve been recently introduced for itinerant music teachers,” says Education Council chief executive Dr Graham Stoop.

The extended scheme now offers induction and mentoring support to all eligible, provisionally-certificated teachers who are nearing the end of their six-year provisional certification period. Eligibility for inclusion in the scheme is based on certain criteria:

  • teachers who do not have a suitable mentoring programme in place, and
  • whose provisional certification expires within the next two years or has expired in the last six months, and
  • have previously participated in an induction and mentoring programme, and
  • are teaching at the equivalent of 0.5FTTE (accumulated across a number of settings)

Certain types of provisionally-certificated teachers will be prioritised:

  • Teachers in locations under particular teacher supply pressure
  • Relieving and part-time teachers
  • Teachers working in Māori medium settings
  • Teachers filling roles in the sciences, technology, maths and te reo Māori
  • Teachers helping to backfill staff filling new roles in Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

We are developing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) laying out the details for how the scheme will run - we’ll share this on our website next week.

“Speaking up and for teachers is part of our role. Gaining the Ministry of Education’s support to extend this successful scheme is an important way forward in terms of supporting part-time and relieving teachers,” says Dr Stoop.