4.4 Navigating career

4.4.1 Parents praise capability of Kiwi teachers

A report in October found that nine out of ten Kiwi parents believe their child’s teacher is “very capable”.

The ASG Parents Report Card found that 87% of parents think that their child’s teacher is highly educated. The findings supported an OECD survey in 2016 which showed that New Zealand teachers are among the most professional in the world.

In the ASG study, 11% of parents rated their child’s teacher as capable or below, with some raising concerns about teachers being “bogged down” in the curriculum, or a lack of training to deal with different educational needs.

4.4.2 Career framework

As part of the settlement of the Primary Teachers’ and Primary Principals’ Collective Agreements in 2016 it was agreed that work would begin on developing a new career framework.

As part of the Terms of Reference we agreed a set of principles to guide the development and to ensure we achieve a framework that is beneficial for everyone in the sector.

The idea is to build a framework that allows teachers to develop their careers in a way that supports their own professional aspirations, and builds on their individual strengths, while also building the teaching capability and leadership of the entire profession.

The work began towards the second half of 2016 with a working group made up of representatives from NZEI Te Riu Roa, the Ministry of Education, and the NZ School Trustees Association.

By June this year, materials were developed to enable teachers and principals to hold discussions and provide feedback that would help develop the framework further.

4.4.3 Te Kete Aronui

Te Kete Aronui—Centre of Educational Excellence—has been providing professional learning and development opportunities, that may not be available through other organisations, for more than four years. The learning is driven by members for members.

Te Kete Aronui has offered complimentary registrations to schools and centres to host courses.

Course topics included, health and safety, Pasifika education, working with scientists, supporting children with autism, behaviour and oral language training for teacher aides, and working with SENCOs, among others.