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Important information

Important information


The school appointment process

Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu's vision is for all young people in Aotearoa New Zealand to fulfil their potential. For us to achieve this, we respond to the need from schools serving low-income communities, and cannot always guarantee ahead of time where this need might be.

For the 2019 Cohort, Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu has the potential to identify suitable roles for candidates in all regions of New Zealand, depending on the demand from eligible schools, and our ability to effectively support participants in that region.


Salary and benefits of the programme

Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu participants are employed and paid a full-time salary by their school of employment and the Ministry of Education. Your salary will depend on the level of your highest academic qualification and any relevant education-related work experience that you have. Find out what your salary will be on the programme.

Acceptance onto the Teach First NZ programme also provides participants with leadership development, ten weeks of annual holidays, coaching and mentoring to support your growth and learning, connections to top New Zealand organisations, access to an international network of participants and alumni, and a full scholarship towards a Masters qualification.


What commitment does the programme require?

Starting in November every year, the Summer Initial Intensive runs over a 9 week period from November to mid-January. The Intensive is live-in, meaning all participants will live together from Monday to Friday, with the option of staying in the accommodation over weekends. The Intensive also includes a break over Christmas and New Year where you can head home for a well-deserved break.

Participants are also expected to see out the completion of the programme and uphold their commitment to their school, Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu and The Mind Lab. 


The qualification

Over the two years, participants complete coursework and ongoing professional development to both inform their teaching and to meet the requirements of their Master of Arts qualification in Teaching.

This postgraduate qualification enables participants to become eligible for a provisional teacher certification and is recognised as a teaching qualification in many other countries around the world. Full course fees for the postgraduate qualification are paid for by Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu


Teach For All Network

Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu is part of the global Teach For All network of 45 partner organisations, working to expand educational opportunity in their own country with a model similar to ours.

Over the course of your journey, various opportunities for you to contribute on an international level will come to light. Visit Teach For All’s website for more information on our network partnerships.


"Refelecting on my Teach For All trip to Washington, I felt that irrespective of experience, culture or background we were all united by one thing, to work toward the mission that one day a child's educational success will not be defined by their socio-economic background.

Karla Dunn, Cohort 2015, Taught Chemistry at Papatoe High School