Primary principals' and teachers' study award

What is the Primary Principals' and Teachers' Study Award?

The Primary Principals' and Teachers' Study Award provides paid leave to complete part-time or full-time study in an agreed educational priority area. You can apply to:

  • complete a qualification
  • improve an existing qualification
  • study a new qualification in a new or different curriculum area
  • undertake research
  • undertake study that is relevant and adds value to education
  • undertake study into effective school management and leadership.

Applications for the 2019 Primary Principals' and Teachers' Study Awards are now closed. 

Each year there are 75 full-time teacher equivalent (FTTE) study awards available to teachers and principals, in state or state-integrated schools, who are covered by the Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement (PTCA) or the Primary Principals' Collective Agreement (PPCA).

Am I eligible for a Primary Principals' and Teachers' Study Award?

If you wish to apply for a Primary Principals' and Teachers' Study Award, you must:

  • hold a full and current practising certificate
  • be a full-time or part-time teacher or principal employed in a state or state-integrated New Zealand primary school
  • have the support of your principal and board of trustees or employer
  • be employed under the PTCA, PPCA or applicable Individual Employment Agreement (IEA).
  • have at least three years’ experience as a fully certificated teacher in New Zealand state or state-integrated schools
  • have not received a TeachNZ study award or sabbatical in the last five years.

Apply for a Primary Principals' and Teachers’ Study Award

The application form includes guidelines on the types of study or research that might qualify for a study award and how your application will be assessed.

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