Returning to teaching after a break

New Zealand has recently seen some significant changes to teacher supply and demand and, if you’re qualified but no longer teaching, now is a great time to consider returning to the sector. 

There is currently high demand for teachers in certain subjects, such as secondary teachers of the Sciences, Technology and Mathematics, and certain locations, such as the Auckland region. There is also a shortage of highly qualified secondary teachers of Te Reo Māori, and teachers in Māori-medium settings. Additionally, teachers are in demand for relief (supply) teaching.

Support for returning to teaching

A recently announced Teacher Supply package was announced to support more teachers into the classrooms for 2018 and 2019.  For more information, go to the Teacher Supply Package section, especially the Teacher Education Refresh programme. 

You can find out more about teaching opportunities in New Zealand and get updates on the current teacher labour market from the New Zealand Education Gazette, or talk to one of our Ministry of Education Preferred Teacher Recruiters.

Qualifications and Registration

All teachers in New Zealand schools, kura and state kindergartens must be registered with the Education Council and have a current practising certificate.

If you are a primary or secondary teacher and have been out of the classroom for some time, you may need retraining to bring yourself up-to-date with curriculum developments and other changes.

Retraining courses for school teachers are offered through a range of providers. Contact your nearest primary or secondary teacher education provider to discuss what programmes they have planned.

You may find it helpful to refer to the Ministry of Education website for further information. You could also visit Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) – The Online Learning Centre. TKI is a bilingual portal and web community which provides quality-assured educational material for teachers, school managers, and the wider education community. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Education.

Your registration status very much depends upon how long you’ve been out of the workforce. If you have been away from teaching for more than three years, you will need to apply for certification subject to confirmation. Check your status with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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