Terms of the allowance

Congratulations on achieving recognition as an Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher (ACET). As an ACET you will receive an allowance of $5,000 per annum, effective 28 January as long as you continue to meet the requirements for ongoing entitlement, including the performance requirements, as set out below.

The terms relating to eligibility and ongoing entitlement to the allowance are set out in the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement 2016-2018 (PTCA) and Completing your portfolio section of the website.

Your attention is drawn to the following matters regarding the administration of the allowance by the Ministry of Education (on behalf of your employing board).

Ongoing entitlement to the allowance is subject to attestation of practice by your principal against the ACET professional criteria, which will now form part of your school’s annual appraisal process.

The allowance may be suspended for up to 12 months for one or more of the following reasons:

  • your employment status changes, for example, if you move to fixed term employment; and no longer are a permanent employee;
  • you are temporarily assigned to a role which carries more than one permanent unit;
  • your hours of employment are reduced to below a classroom teaching load of 0.8 FTTE for up to one term;
  • you are undergoing competency or disciplinary processes.

If the allowance is suspended, it may be reinstated if, after considering any information provided by you and your board, the Ministry is satisfied that the reasons for the suspension no longer exist, and if the suspension has been for less than 12 months.

The allowance will cease altogether for any of the following reasons:

  • you voluntarily relinquish the allowance for any reason;
  • your allowance has been suspended for a period of 12 months;
  • your hours of employment are reduced to below a classroom teaching load of 0.8 FTTE for longer than one term;
  • you are subject to disciplinary action or other adverse consequence as a result of a competency or disciplinary process;
  • you receive an unsatisfactory assessment for teacher registration, or cease to hold full registration;
  • you receive an unsatisfactory performance review (appraisal);
  • you are allocated more than one permanent unit in your current position;
  • you cease to be employed under the PTCA or an equivalent Individual Employment Agreement.

The Ministry will give you written notice of intention to suspend or cease payment of the allowance, including a statement of the reasons as set out above, and give you an opportunity to provide any additional information or a statement of reasons why the allowance should not be suspended or ceased altogether.

It is a condition of receipt of the allowance that you notify the Ministry in writing about any matters that might affect your entitlement to the allowance, or which could result in a suspension or termination of the allowance for any of the reasons set out above. You may have to repay any overpayment of the allowance, as a debt due to the Crown.

You can contact the Ministry regarding the allowance by calling 0800 165 225; by email to ACET.Recognition@education.govt.nz; or by post to ACET recognition, Ministry of Education, PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140.

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