Agreement has been reached over Teach First NZ’s job placement processes, after the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) ruled in December that Teach First graduates were being illegally appointed to teaching positions.
The Teach First NZ scheme recruits high-achieving graduates from all disciplines and places them in low-decile secondary schools after an intensive eight-week residential training programme delivered in partnership with the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland over the summer months.
Following the ERA ruling, the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association, the Ministry of Education, the University of Auckland and Teach First New Zealand Trust have reached an agreement on future employment processes. The parties have agreed that Teach First participants will now apply and be considered for jobs in schools alongside other teachers.
This decision will not have any effect on existing Teach First NZ participants and schools that employ them.
“This means that Teach First NZ can continue getting some of the best and brightest graduates into the schools that need them most,” says Education Minister, Hekia Parata.