Secondary teachers' sabbatical

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

Each year there are 50 sabbaticals available, 40 of which are based on service.

Applications for the 2019 Secondary Teachers' Sabbatical are now closed.

Am I eligible for a Secondary Teachers’ Sabbatical?

If you wish to apply for one of the 40 Secondary Teachers' Sabbaticals based on service, you must:

  • be employed under the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement(STCA) or applicable Individual Employment Agreement (IEA)
  • be a full-time registered teacher, with at least 20 years' teaching service in New Zealand state or state-integrated schools
  • have a period of at least seven years of most recent unbroken service
  • not currently be under review for competence and/or conduct and discipline (as per sections 3.3 or 3.4 of the STCA)
  • have not received a sabbatical in the last 10 years.

If you wish to apply for one of the remaining 10 Secondary Teachers' Sabbaticals, you must:

  • be employed under the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) or applicable Individual Employment Agreement (IEA)
  • be a full-time registered teacher, with at least five years' teaching service in New Zealand state or state-integrated schools
  • not currently be under review for competence and/or conduct and discipline (as per sections 3.3 or 3.4 of the STCA)
  • have not received a sabbatical in the last 10 years.

Apply for a Secondary Teachers' Sabbatical

The application form includes guidelines on the types of professional learning that might be appropriate for a sabbatical and how your application will be assessed.

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 teacher.studyawards@education.govt.nz

Sign up for a reminder email

If you’d like to be reminded when applications are closing, sign up here and we'll send you an email as the closing date approaches.

New Zealand Teachers Council New Zealand Education Gazette New Zealand Qualifications Authority Immigration New Zealand