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Your leadership journey starts here.
58%58% of students from schools serving low-income communities leave without achieving NCEA Level 2.
High vs. low
Students from high-income households are nearly 3 times more likely to achieve University Entrance than students from low-income households.
New Zealand has one of the highest levels of educational inequality in the OECD.
Maori and Pasifika students are more likely than others to leave school without any formal qualification.
New Zealand has one of the strongest links between household income and educational attainment in the developed world.
Help break the link.___ Our reality
Teach First NZ is committed to tackling educational inequality. We believe that to achieve systemic change, we need talented leaders in our classrooms, schools, communities, organisations and government engaged in efforts to close the education gap.
In the short-term, Teach First NZ recruits talented individuals to bring their knowledge, energy and leadership into the classroom, inspiring young people to fulfil and expand their potential.
In the long-term, we support our participants to join a network of leaders in education and across all fields who are committed to affecting change.
End educational inequality
Educational inequality results in thousands of New Zealand children being confined to a life of unrealised potential.
___ Teach First NZ
Educational equality Equal opportunity to succeed in education
More choices and better life outcomesStronger NZ
economy and positive social outcomes
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
The Alumni communityTeach First NZ is one of over 32 sister programmes around the world which together have generated a powerful network of over 35,000 talented alumni. Whether you choose to stay in the classroom or pursue other career pathways, our Alumni programme will continue to support your leadership development and on-going contribution to our goal of tackling educational inequality in New Zealand.
The journey beginsOn acceptance of your place on the Teach First NZ programme, we will invite you to experience active classrooms to observe and reflect. You will also gain access to our online portal to connect with fellow participants and start your learning journey.
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The school placementIn 2015 we are working with secondary schools in Auckland, Whangarei and Northland. Teach First NZ co-ordinates your school placement, and while we strive to take into account location preferences, as part of your commitment to our programme we expect that participants show willingness to be placed wherever the need is greatest.
The classroomYou will step into your classroom at the start of Term 1 and teach on a reduced class timetable while being paid a full-time salary (to allow time for on-going study).
Across the following two years, you are provided with professional development and support including an In-School Mentor assigned by your school, and a Learning Area Specialist from the University of Auckland. This support and guidance is designed to enable you to have the greatest impact on raising aspiration and achievement in your classroom.
Leadership developmentWe strongly believe that we need leaders in all fields to tackle inequality and so the development of your leadership skills is a key feature of the Teach First NZ programme. Your leadership journey begins in the classroom and is supported through clinics, workshops, events and residential intensives throughout the two years.
Ruby Knight, Teach First NZ, 2013 Cohort.Teaching English at Alfriston College.
The Summer Initial Intensive (SII)The eight-week live-in SII runs from mid-November to January (with a break over Christmas and the New Year). The residential aspect of the SII is an essential part of the programme delivery and supports the development of strong relationships with your fellow participants. All of your accommodation, food and transport costs are paid for during the SII. A draft schedule can be found on our website.
The SII is delivered in partnership with the University of Auckland and will not only prepare you for the classroom at the start of Term 1 but will also kick off your fully funded Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching.
___ How it works
Completing the ProgrammeAfter two incredibly challenging and rewarding years you will complete the Teach First NZ programme and receive your Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching awarded by the University of Auckland. From here, you have the option of continuing on to a Masters degree in Education.
Over the course of the programme you will have the opportunity to positively impact and inspire hundreds of students and directly contribute to them accessing a bright future.
Leadership developmentThe Leadership Development programme is designed to extend your personal and professional skills and develop you as a leader in the classroom and beyond. The programme will help you realise your own leadership potential through lectures, mentoring, guest speakers and events.
Your support teamYou are never alone in the classroom. Your Mentor and Learning Area Specialist form the backbone of your support network, which together with your colleagues and fellow participants, maximise your personal and professional development.
Salary and Holidays For the duration of the two-year programme you will receive a full-time salary while working and studying part-time. You can also look forward to over ten weeks of holidays between terms to enjoy a well-deserved break.
The University of AucklandThe Teach First NZ teacher training programme has been developed in partnership with the University of Auckland, and with a cohort of just twenty participants, you have unparallelled access to world class education Specialists, Professors and Advisors.
ScholarshipYour Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary teaching awarded by the University of Auckland is fully funded and provides you with the first stepping stone towards a Masters degree in Education.
The world is waitingThere is already a powerful network of over 35,000 alumni from 32 sister programmes around the world waiting to connect with you at the end of the programme. The networks you build locally and globally will provide you with advice, mentoring and support throughout the two-year programme and beyond.
Connect with New Zealands leading businessesThe leadership skills you will develop on the programme are highly attractive to top NZ employers who support our programme. Some of our corporate partners offer deferred entry to our participants, enabling you to join their organisation at the end of the Teach First NZ programme.
Make a difference___ The rewards
We are proud to be a Founding Partner of Teach First NZ which gives talented individuals the opportunity to make a real difference whilst developing their own leadership skills. Amy de Court, Recruitment, Chapman Tripp
The opportunity to be taught by such incredible lecturers and tap into such a wealth of knowledge and experience during our training has been a big highlight. Jason Sharma, Teach First NZ, 2014 Cohort, Teaching Mathematics at Tamaki College.
When I found out about Teach First NZ, I was blown away that something like this existed. Listening to all of their values, I was like Hey thats what I think too! I felt like it was made for me.
Going into the Summer Initial Intensive, I didnt realise how much there was to learn. It was such a privilege to be taught by University staff who are very much at the forefront of their field. It is truly intensive, but knowing that you are getting the best training motivates you to make the most of the learning opportunities on offer and at the end of the eight weeks, it was cool to see how much personal and professional development Id gained.
BE(Hons) Mechanical Engineering
University of Auckland
Teaching Mathematics at One Tree Hill College
I was drawn to the opportunity to work with youth from the kinds of communities that I grew up in, and play a role in helping them to believe that they can achieve anything. I also saw in the Teach First NZ programme the chance to gain practical experience straight away in an environment that would support my own growth and development. Tautoko mai, tautoko atu.
To someone thinking about the Teach First NZ programme. Id say be prepared for a huge, life-changing journeyId say welcome to the start of the race of your life.
BA(Hons) Te Reo Mori/Tikanga Mori
University of Waikato
Teaching Te Reo Mori at Massey High School
Its been challenging, but I havent once felt that this wasnt the right place for me.Louisa King, 2014 Cohort.
Teach First NZ grabbed my attention as a programme striving for better outcomes for young people in our country.Jonathan Wieland, 2014 Cohort.
I have always been passionate about initiatives addressing low academic achievement and, in particular, Pasifika development. When I completed my Masters degree, my plan was to continue towards a Doctorate focusing on water quality issues in developing countries. But when I came across Teach First NZs mission, I felt like we had the same heartbeat.
After one year in the classroom, I can tell you this has been an incredible journey. It is so tough at times. You have to be prepared to develop, to change, to constantly question yourself, to have your weaknesses laid bare. In return you get this amazing opportunity to grow