The Teach First NZ Programme

What attracts you to the Teach First NZ Programme?
Click on a motivation statement to find out about the journey from that perspective.
Serve your community
Serve your community

Serve your community

Programme detail
Work towards a fair Aotearoa
Work towards a fair Aotearoa

Work towards a fair Aotearoa

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Develop as a leader
Develop as a leader

Develop as a leader

Programme detail
Avi Duckor-Jones

Avi Duckor-Jones

Cohort 2018, English Teacher at Avondale College

"Kia ora, I'm Avi, and I joined the Teach First NZ Programme as a part of the 2018 Cohort. What really spoke to me was the need for social justice in Aotearoa. I applied for the programme so that I could join a movement to serve our youth and build a better future for our communities.”

Prior to the Teach First NZ Programme, Avi was a journalist for the BBC and Lonely Planet, led creative writing trips for National Geographic, and worked at Trinity Yard School in Ghana.

The programme

Our teaching and education leadership programme provides participants with the opportunity to teach in a secondary school serving a low-income community, whilst completing a Postgraduate qualification over two years. Find our more about the journey and beyond below.
Summer Intensive

01 Summer Intensive

The programme starts in November with the Summer Intensive, a cohesive and immersive intensive which weaves together whakawhanaungatanga, the Ako Mātātupu vision, and the Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching qualification. The aim is to provide a world-class experience which prepares you to meet the needs of your students, as well as to engage with key stakeholders.

"During the Summer Intensive, the cohort element was really powerful: there's something so magic about a group of like-minded people coming together to be greater than the sum of their parts."

02 Year 1 - Learning to Teach

After the Summer Intensive, you’ll begin teaching in your partner school in late January on a full salary. To accelerate your growth as a teacher, you will teach 60 percent of a full-time teaching load, receive 4 hours per week of in-school mentoring support, whilst completing ongoing study towards your Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching qualification.

"For me, there have been so many incredible people to learn from - there's all the wrap-around support, as well as your colleagues at school, and of course the young people in your classrooms, who are the best teachers of all."

Year 1 - Learning to Teach
Year 2 - Learning to Lead

03 Year 2 - Learning to Lead

In your second year, the focus will be on your contribution to creating lasting social change, and will include a practice-based leadership project which you will design to uniquely serve your school community in a sustainable manner. Throughout the year you will implement this project, culminating in November with a Symposium, where you will present to all key stakeholders.

“There is huge scope for creativity when generating ideas for sustainable projects. Past projects have included cross-curricular beehive projects, national spoken word competitions and a Matauranga Māori Science fair."

04 Graduate from the programme

After completing your two years on the programme, you will join our Kairapu Movement and continue to make social impact. The educational inequality we’re working to address is complex and ever-changing, so we support you to fight for equality in whatever way you choose. As part of the global Teach For All network, you will join over 50,000 alumni working towards equity.

"I've never stayed still for long, but for me, this programme has been about putting down roots and joining a community, working as a movement towards equality."

Graduate from the programme

Recruitment process

The recruitment process is your chance to share your story: your experiences, achievements, and motivations for working towards social change in Aotearoa.
Apply Online
Apply Online

Applications for the 2021 cohort are now open.

The application form is your first chance to share your story: your experiences and motivations for working towards educational equality.

Phone Interview
Phone Interview

Ongoing

Successful applicants will be invited to a phone interview within 3 weeks of submitting their application.

Ako Centre
Ako Centre

March 14th

The final stage of our recruitment process is a full day Ako Centre. For the 2021 cohort, these will commence in March 2020.

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