Verifying ACET recognised teachers

As a principal for a teacher who has gained ACET recognition, your role is to ensure that “attestation of practice… against the ACET professional criteria is maintained as part of the school’s annual appraisal process” (PTCA 3.32.3).

This means that you must verify that your ACET recognised teacher:

(a) remains eligible to receive the ACET allowance under the provisions of PTCA 3.32.2

(b) continues to build their practice in ways that embody the ACET professional criteria within their annual school appraisal requirements for attestation and teacher certification.

You and your ACET recognised teacher should make sure their performance plan will be appraised at the end of the year against the ACET Professional Criteria. See the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand website for more information about effective appraisal processes.

Each November, we send a form asking principals to verify that their ACET recognised teachers met the following criteria during the past year. Teachers must have:

  • worked an average of at least 20 hours per week in the classroom (0.8 Full Time Teacher Equivalent) throughout the year (excluding paid or unpaid leave)
  • gained a successful attestation against the ACET Professional Criteria
  • held no more than one permanent unit.

You can contact the ACET team on 0800 165 225 or by emailing if you have any questions.

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