This page contains information for ITE Providers about the Teaching Council's response to COVID-19.
The Teaching Council has re-implemented the use of temporary changes to our ITE Requirements
During the February 2021 COVID-19 Alert Level increases, ITE providers contacted the Teaching Council to say that their programmes were being significantly impacted. We trust providers, and as such will be re-implementing most of the temporary changes to the Initial Teacher Education Requirements that we used in 2020.
The changes being implemented are the same as those in 2020
The following temporary changes will be available to all ITE programmes delivered in 2021:
- A temporary and optional 25% reduction in minimum practical experience requirements for student teachers completing their studies in 2021.
- A temporary removal of the requirement for ‘blocks’ of consecutive practicum experience.
- A temporary removal of the requirement for practicum at ‘away’ schools or centres.
- A temporary removal of the requirement for employment- and field-based ECE ITE student teachers to be employed for a minimum of 12 hours per week at an ECE centre.
- The Teaching Council will support field-based and employment-based ITE programmes to investigate and propose ways to use students’ historical and future field and employment practice to meet practicum requirements.
- The Teaching Council will support ITE providers to investigate and propose ‘alternative practicum experiences’ that fulfil the provider’s practicum learning outcomes.
These temporary changes will be in effect until 1 January 2022. They apply retrospectively from 1 January 2021.
How to make temporary programme changes (because of COVID) in 2021
The Teaching Council trusts providers to deliver excellent-quality programmes for student teachers. The temporary COVID-19 changes are designed to reflect this trust. We expect providers to work hard to deliver their programmes as originally approved whenever possible, and use the temporary changes when necessary to adapt to COVID-19.
The below flow-chart has been designed to show the process for making temporary COVID-19 programme changes in 2021. Changes fall into two types:
Changes that require notification only:
You do not need Teaching Council approval to implement these changes. However, we need to be notified that you’ve made the changes, so we know what’s going on in your programmes. These changes are:
- Notification of intent to use 25% reduction of professional experience minimum requirement in 2021.
- Notification to move practical experience to an alternative date.
- Notification of removal of requirement for consecutive block of teaching practice.
- Notification of removal of requirement of away teaching block.
- Notification of proposed use of assessed field/school based practical experience hours.
- Notification of removal of mandatory hours for employment- and field-based practice.
Changes that require approval:
You do need Teaching Council approval to implement these changes. After you submit the form, we will triage your application, and it might be referred to the Emergency Response Panel (formerly the Interim Panel) to help the Teaching Council make a decision. These changes are:
- Proposed alternative practical experience or assessments.
- Proposed change to teaching online for campus-based programmes who do not have a blended/online option.
- Proposed change to visiting protocols.
Making a plan for future lockdowns
Providers are able to submit change forms in preparation for future COVID-19 lockdowns. To do this, simply fill out the form and indicate in what circumstances you would like to implement your changes (for example, ‘if Auckland Region returns to Alert Level Three’). Your Lead Adviser is happy to discuss this kind of planning with you.
More information and support
The Teaching Council distributes a regular ITE newsletter with information about policy changes, systems and processes, and sector news. Detailed information about our COVID-19 response has been shared with providers via this resource.
As always, your Lead Advisers are here to help you. If you’re not sure how to fill out the form, implement changes, or anything else to do with adapting to COVID-19, please give us a call or email us.
Temporary COVID-19 programme changes flowchart