Area school teachers' sabbatical

An Area School Teachers' Sabbatical provides 10 school weeks' paid leave for you to undertake professional learning activities, reflection and rejuvenation.

Each year there are 12 sabbaticals available to teachers, in state or state-integrated area schools, covered by the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA).

Applications for the 2020 Area School Teachers' Sabbaticals are now open!

Apply now by downloading the pdf application form or using the online application form on the right hand of this page. 

If using the pdf application form, please save the form to your computer before entering any information.  You will find a series of frequently asked questions at the back of the form.

If you are using the online application form, you can access the frequently asked questions by clicking here.

Am I eligible for an Area School Teachers’ Sabbatical?

If you wish to apply for an Area School Teachers' Sabbatical, you must:

  • be employed under the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement or applicable Individual Employment Agreement (IEA)
  • hold a full and current practising certificate
  • be a full-time and registered teacher with at least 10 years' continuous teaching service working in a New Zealand state or state-integrated school
  • not currently be under review for competence and/or conduct and discipline (as per sections 2.3 or 2.4 of the ASTCA).

Previous recipients’ professional learning

You can read previous recipients' sabbatical reports here.

Contact Us

We're here to help. If you can't find the answer you're looking for in the application guidelines, get in touch with us by calling 0800 165 225 or email

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