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How does it work?

How does it work?


Recruiting outstanding individuals

We recruit outstanding individuals with academic expertise as well as a range of skills and experiences. Our participants and alumni all have one thing in common - the drive to lead change. 

When you join Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu, you join a community of like-minded people who are committed to having an impact in the lives of the students they teach and the wider community.


Initial Intensive

Your Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu journey begins in November with an 8 week Summer Initial Intensive programme*. This is a live-in learning experience delivered in collaboration with our tertiary provider. The focus of the Intensive is on developing the skills and knowledge to prepare you for working in the classroom from the beginning of the upcoming school year.

The Intensive balances learning and development with plenty of social activities and fun. Over the Intensive, you will form strong and lasting friendships with your cohort members who are a strong support network for you throughout the 2-year programme. Over the Intensive, your accommodation, food and travel costs are covered by Teach First to NZ to allow you to focus on getting the most out of the 8-week programme.

*The Teach First NZ programme is pending NZQA approval.


Exceptional teachers

After the Intensive, you’ll begin teaching at a secondary school in either Auckland, Northland or Whangarei on a full salary.

We make sure you are fully supported to be the best you can be from day 1 in your new school. To do this, you will teach 60 per cent of a full-time teaching load to allow you to complete your ongoing postgraduate study*. Additionally, you’ll begin regular contact with your personal support team, including an in-school mentor and coordinator, Teach First NZ Kaihapai and visiting lecturers.

Over the course of the two years, you will work towards completing a postgraduate qualification in teaching*. For this, you will receive a full scholarship that covers all costs associated with your studies.

*The Teach First NZ programme is pending NZQA approval.



"TheTeach First NZ offers hands-on training, the opportunity to learn from those in the classroom, and a commitment to the community. It has given me the opportunity to challenge myself and to work with enthusiastic and forgiving people everyday.

Mitchell Denham, Teach First NZ 2015 Cohort, Teaching English at Northland College



Inspirational leaders

After two intense, challenging and unbelievably rewarding years, you’ll have completed the Teach First NZ Leadership Development Programme and be awarded a postgraduate qualification in Teaching.

Equipped with an impressive array of leadership skills you have gained through the programme, it is now up to you to choose whether you to stay in the classroom, or move into business, entrepreneurship, government or a not-for-profit.


The bigger impact

For some of you, the end of the programme will mark the next step in your teaching career as you strive to continue making a difference in the classroom and mastering the art and science of being a transformational teacher. 

Stepping up into a leadership role within a school is common among our participants at the end of the programme. For others, it’s the opportunity to launch an exciting new phase of your career, taking with you the invaluable skills and experience that you have obtained from the classroom and moving into a different context. Our alumni movement is designed to help you to achieve positions of influence across a variety of sectors and in a wide range of contexts in order to help orient you towards making lasting contributions to an equal Aotearoa New Zealand.