Eligibility criteria for EBTT

What criteria do schools need to meet to establish an EBTT?

Schools and kura must be state or state-integrated schools.

To be eligible to establish a trainee teacher position within a school, the Board must:

  • attest that the school or kura is capable of providing a robust mentoring and support programme 
  • work with a provider who is delivering an employment-based ITE programme
  • ensure the trainee teacher holds a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) from the Teaching Council
  • fund the position from the Board’s own funds.

Providing a robust mentoring programme

School Boards must attest that the school or kura is able to provide a strong mentoring programme to support the trainee teacher through their ITE programme while they are teaching.

ITE providers should provide schools with information and advice about how to support and mentor trainee teachers.

The Education Council commissioned NZCER to carry out a literature review on High quality practica and the integration of theory and practice in initial teacher education in 2017. You can read the full report or the summary for information for providers and Boards on the features of quality practica placements.

Working with an ITE provider

Boards must work with a provider who can deliver an Education Council-approved employment-based ITE programme, as students appointed to trainee teacher positions must be enrolled in and complete an approved programme. Currently Ako Mātātupu Teach First NZ is the only approved provider.

With the provider, Boards must fully commit to supporting the trainee teacher to complete the qualification.

Ensuring the trainee teacher has a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT)

During the time that the trainee teacher is teaching, they must hold a LAT as approved by the Education Council.

New Zealand Teachers Council New Zealand Education Gazette New Zealand Qualifications Authority Immigration New Zealand