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Teacher Education Refresh and Return to Teach Plans

Teacher refresh processes ensure the curriculum, pedagogy and system knowledge of all teachers is current. The Standards form the basis of these processes. The Council can exercise discretion over which refresh process might be appropriate for you.

Teacher Education Refresh (TER)

You are likely to be required to complete a TER programme if you:

  • Are applying for your first practising certificate and your ITE qualification was completed more than five years ago; OR
  • Held a Tōmua practising certificate and you have not taught in the last five years; OR
  • Have already held two Tōmua practising certificates and you are applying for a third; OR
  • Are an overseas teacher and your education qualification was completed more than five years ago and you have not taught in the last five years.

You may also be required to undertake a TER if you have held Tūturu or Pūmau but not taught for a length of time.

Return to Practice Plan (RTPP)

You are likely to be required to complete a RTPP with your practising certificate application if you previously held a Tūturu or Pūmau practising certificate and you have not completed any teaching in the last five years.

When you submit your application for a practising certificate, you’ll be advised if you’re required to complete a refresh programme. You may be eligible for an extension to teach to allow you to continue teaching while you complete the refresh programme or while any review of the requirement to do TER is underway.

The plan is designed for you to complete a self-assessment of your learning needs and to identify the professional development you intend to undertake in the first 12 months of your return to teaching. If you do not complete any teaching during that time, you may be required to complete a full TER programme.

If required, please complete the Return to Practice Plan template.

Applications for exemptions from completing TER

The Council has a review process to determine if you need to complete a TER programme or whether your professional knowledge or practice is up to date. If you request a review, you will need to demonstrate that you’re making significant progress towards meeting the Standards. You’re encouraged to identify your learning needs before you apply for an exemption. The TER panel makes recommendations to the Chief Executive of the Council, who makes the final decision.