The Government is investing in new pathways for teachers to study – to bolster our education workforce and ensure the country has the teachers it needs for the future.
The Government’s new package will provide for more employment-based education, as well as partnering with iwi to design and pilot new regional scholarships.
The teacher supply Budget package boosts efforts to ‘grow our own’ teachers, by offering flexible options for Kiwis to study, on top of existing initiatives that support qualified teachers to re-enter the profession or return from overseas.
Students in low decile schools will benefit from an expansion of the Teach First NZ programme, which enables top graduates to teach while studying, and a new employment-based initiative from 2021.
In addition to initiatives to increase short-to-medium term teacher supply, the Government is also looking well ahead to what will be needed in our education workforce of the future – through the development of an Education Workforce Strategy, which you have been a part of.
The vision for this strategy, which you have helped to develop, is also being shared today and can be found at the link below. This overarching Education Workforce Strategy will be complemented by a workforce strategy for Māori Medium education.