A reflection on ‘Mid-Year Intensive’ by Hannah Betts

Voices
17 July 2017

This year, with a focus on Te Ao Pasifika, the Mid-Year Intensive (MYI) was a time to talanoa with people who nurture the va between tangata whenua and tagata o le moana in education.

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Meet the Recruiter - Steph Curley

Voices
4 July 2017

All of our recruiters are more than happy to chat to you about your ambitions, ideas and plans. To find out more about Teach First NZ's award-winning Leadership Development Program, don’t hesitate to reach out to the recruitment team.

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A taste of our ‘Social Citizens - Meet the changemakers’ event

Voices
28 June 2017

On Wednesday 21st June, Teach First NZ hosted our first ‘Social Citizens - Meet the Changemakers’ event at Studio One, Ponsonby. This was a night for people to come to connect and be inspired by four passionate changemakers who were to share their stories with us.

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Meaningful Leadership - A few words with William Chen (Cohort 2016)

Voices
26 June 2017

A year and a half ago, William Chen made the shift from research to teaching on the Teach First NZ Programme. Here he shares a bit about what leadership looks like for him and his students.

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Participant Video Blog- Rebekah Hines

Voices
26 June 2017

Rebekah Hines is a participant of our Cohort 2017, teaching English up at Whangarei Girls High School. Check out her video blog and hear the stories of life as a Teach First NZer!

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The 7 best things about changing careers

Voices
19 June 2017

We asked a few of our participants to share why changing careers to become a teacher has been the best decision they have ever made.

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From Lawyer to Teacher - Vaughan Spurdle (C16)

Voices
7 June 2017

2016 Cohort participant, Vaughan Spurdle, shares his reflection on changing careers, from lawyer to teacher.

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It still takes a village to raise a child - Lance Cash (C15)

Voices
31 May 2017

Lance Cash, Cohort 2015, shares his reflection on the power of the community to lead transformative change.

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Fourth NZCER independent evaluation report released

News items - Publications - Press releases
22 May 2017

This fourth report builds further on the successes highlighted in reports one, two and three, confirming the high-quality implementation of the Teach First NZ programme and positive impact in schools.

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Alumni Retreat 2017 Reflection

Voices
12 May 2017

A reflection of the very first Teach First NZ Alumni Retreat, by alumni and for alumni, which kicked off on April 28th 2017 - the last Friday of the school holidays. 

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Following the C17 Journey: Kieran Gainsford

Voices
10 April 2017

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Teaching and Being Taught - Mitchell Denham

Voices
3 April 2017

Mitchell Denham (C15) has spent the past few years teaching at Northland College. Read on to hear about his experience teaching in "the forgotten region" and his reflections on being part of the Teach First NZ Programme.

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Finding our voice - Charles Looker

Voices
24 March 2017

Charles Looker, from our 2016 Cohort, teaches Te Reo Māori at Onehunga High School and was this years Polyfest Kapa Haka tutor. Hear his reflections from Polyfest 2017 here.

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Following the C17 Journey: Ruby Grant

Voices
20 March 2017

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Following the C17 Journey: Waikaraka Ruwhiu-Toms

Voices
24 February 2017

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Following the C17 Journey: Sarah Dodd

Voices
8 February 2017

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Following the C17 Journey: Denyce Su’a

Voices
20 January 2017

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Participant Video Blog: Jeremy Downing

Voices
15 December 2016

Hear the thoughts and experiences of one of our participants, Jeremy Downing (2015 cohort), first hand!

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Announcing Jay Allnutt as Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu’s new CEO

News items
2 December 2016

The Board of Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu is pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Allnutt as CEO.

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Following the C17 Journey: Philip McKibbin

Voices
21 November 2016

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Request for Expressions of Interest

News items - Publications - Press releases
27 October 2016

Teach First NZ is seeking expressions of interest from tertiary providers for the delivery of an employment-based initial teacher education qualification. As demand for the Teach First NZ programme increases, we are seeking new partners to be a part of this growing initiative.

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Life as an Assistant Whānau Leader – What Leadership Means

Voices
7 October 2016

Helen Embleton (C14), teaching English at One Tree Hill College, shares a reflective piece on what leadership means, from the perspective of her role as Assistant Whānau Leader. 

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Participant Video Blog: William Chen

Voices
30 September 2016

William is from our 2016 cohort and is currently teaching General Science at Southern Cross Campus. Check out his year so far at Southern Cross Campus, Mangere East!

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Coming Home & Giving Back

Voices
31 August 2016

Kristina Te Whata shares her thoughts about "keeping the home fires burning with local educational initiatives"

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Announcement from Teach First NZ CEO and Board of Trustees

News items - Press releases
25 August 2016

Following six years at the helm of Teach First NZ, I have decided the time is now right for someone new to lead our work into its next phase. As such, I will be stepping aside from my role as CEO, and joining our Board as a Trustee.

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Tamaki College students head to Silicon Valley

Voices
25 August 2016

Saia Tukuafu (year 12) from Tamaki College shares about his life changing trip to Silicon Valley with classmates and teacher Jason Sharma from cohort 2014.

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Third NZCER independent evaluation report released

News items - Publications
15 August 2016

This third report builds further on the successes highlighted in reports one and two, confirming the high-quality implementation of the Teach First NZ programme and positive impact in schools.

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Expansion and extension of Teach First NZ announced!

News items - Publications - In the media
10 August 2016

The Minister of Education has today announced an expansion and extension of the Teach First NZ programme!

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Doing good better - a few words with Monty Jones (Cohort 2015)

Voices
10 August 2016

Two years ago Monty Jones stepped away from his corporate career to work as a Teach First NZ participant. Here he shares a few words about what evoked this change of path and why he calls this shift his "best life defining decision to date."

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Onehunga High School visit with global guests from Teach for All

Voices
9 August 2016

Last Tuesday a group of international guests from our global network partner Teach For All were welcomed into Onehunga High School by a group of year 10 Māori students who are taught by Cohort 2016 participant Charles Looker.

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Teach First NZ in Critic Magazine: ‘Teaching Kids to Love Learning’

In the media
25 July 2016

In the latest issue of Critic Magazine we have both CEO Shaun Sutton and Recruitment and Selection Manager Steph Curley featured in an eye opening article about the problem of education inequality and the difference Teach First NZ participants are making in schools.

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Mid-Year Intensive at Waitangi & Tautoro

News items - Voices
21 July 2016

On the first morning of the July school holidays, Teach First NZ participants, alumni, staff, guests and families gathered at the University of Auckland Epsom campus, coffee in hand, to board the bus bound for Waitangi.

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Vaughan Spurdle (C16) reflects on 2016 Mid-Year Intensive

Voices
20 July 2016

Vaughan Spurdle (C16) teaches English at Tamaki College and has just been appointed to the school's Board of Trustees. Here he shares his thoughts from the recent trip to Northland.

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Kumara Vine: Tracie Pile (2015 cohort)

Voices - In the media
1 July 2016

Tracie Pile graduated from Te Wananga o Raukawa with a Bachelor of Matauranga Maori. Before she joined the Teach First NZ programme she was an Administrator at Te Wananga o Raukawa. Now she teaches te reo Māori at James Cook High School, Manurewa. 

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Time out listening to the future - A reflection by Esther Rakete

Voices
30 June 2016

Teach First NZ hosted an Education Focus Group at Mission Heights High School as part of the 2016 Aotearoa Youth Declaration in April. Members of our Alumni community, Esther Rakete and Rebecca McGrath facilitated a workshop that sought to challenge the UN Youth on their perceptions of and aspirations for education in Aotearoa. Esther Rakete reflects on her experience of the workshop. 

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Hannah Betts (2016 cohort) featured on Stuff.co.nz

In the media
16 June 2016

Realising the desperate need for science teachers in NZ, Hannah Betts jumped on board with Teach First NZ and is now a passionate teacher at St Dominic's College in Henderson. In light of the shortage of science and maths teachers in our NZ schools, this article highlights Betts' newfound passion for teaching science in lower decile schools.

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Two new team members announced

News items
23 May 2016

There have been a few changes to the Teach First NZ staff team recently – we are sad to have farewelled two valued staff members, but are pleased to welcome two new exceptional individuals on board.

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Sophie Barr: Reflections from Global Teaching Summit 2016

Voices
17 May 2016

Sophie Barr from our 2015 cohort was one of four representatives from New Zealand at the annual Teach For All Global Teaching Summit, held in Malaysia this year. 

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Jeremy Downing: Reflections from Malaysia

Voices - Partner stories
16 May 2016

Reflections from the 2016 Teach For All Global Teaching Summit by Jeremy Downing (2015 Cohort, English Teacher at James Cook High School).

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Teach First NZ CEO speaks out in the Herald

In the media
11 May 2016

Our CEO, Shaun Sutton, speaks out in today's Herald about the desperate need to raise the status of teaching in order to give our tamariki the best education.

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Karla Dunn: Reflections from Washington

Voices
31 March 2016

Karla Dunn, from our Alumni community and 2014 cohort, recently represented New Zealand at Teach For All's annual global Alumni Conference. Here are her reflections. 

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Agreement reached with PPTA

News items - In the media - Press releases
23 March 2016

Teach First NZ is pleased with the positive agreement reached with the PPTA about future appointments of Teach First NZ participants to schools.

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Participant Jonas Kortner featured in stuff.co.nz

In the media
17 March 2016

Our 2015 participant and Physics teacher, Jonas Kortner, was featured in this article that highlights the shortage of specialist teachers in the key areas of New Zealand's curriculum. 

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Nairika Dyer, 2015 cohort (English)

Voices
23 February 2016

Nairika teaches English at Papatoetoe High School. Here are some reflections from her leadership journey so far. 

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170 students attend Teach First NZ’s 2016 Summer School

News items
5 February 2016

Teach First NZ’s fourth annual Summer School took place at the start of January at the University of Auckland’s Epsom Campus.

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Round the Bays 2016 with Teach First NZ

News items
29 January 2016

Teach First NZ is running (and walking!) Round the Bays 2016 – and we need your help! 

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Dilys Fong, 2015 Cohort (Physics)

Voices
27 January 2016

Dilys teaches Physics at Manurewa High School. She gives us a taste of her life as a teacher, and the approaches she uses to keep her students focused.

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Nickie Muir (2015 cohort) in the Northern Advocate

Voices - In the media
26 January 2016

Nickie Muir, from Teach First NZ's 2015 cohort, currently teaches English at Whangaroa College. She writes about her teaching journey so far.

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Cris Cucerzan: this is an address to students

Voices
17 December 2015

A poem by 2014 participant, Cris Cucerzan, performed at the recent Ako Mātātupu event.

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Nadeen Papali’i: Leading for Impact

Voices
11 December 2015

Nadeen Papali'i, from our 2013 cohort, addresses the Teach First NZ community at this year's Ako Mātātupu event.

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Mitchell Denham (C15) at poverty workshop in Parliament

News items - Voices
11 December 2015

Teach First NZ was invited to participate in the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop, sponsored by the McGuiness Institute and The Treasury, held at Parliament in December 2015. Mitchell Denham (C15) shares his reflections. 

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Ako Mātātupu 2015: Leading for Impact

News items
3 December 2015

Teach First NZ’s fourth annual Ako Mātātupu event was held at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work on the 24th of November 2015.

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Participant Diary: Sam Carroll (2014 Cohort)

Voices
3 December 2015

Sam Carroll, from our graduating class of 2014 wrote a few reflections in the form of a diary entry and read this out at the recent Ako Mātātupu event.

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Tracie Pile reflects on her first year of teaching

Voices
2 December 2015

Tracie Pile, from the 2015 cohort, reflects on her first year of teaching Te Reo at James Cook High School.

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Teach First NZ runner-up for Best Diversity Strategy at NZAGE Awards

News items
26 November 2015

Teach First NZ is delighted to be recognised as the runner-up of the NZAGE (New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers) Best Diversity Strategy Award 2015. Simpson Grierson were the winners in the category.

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Teach First NZ CEO’s Global Conference Reflections

News items - Voices
11 November 2015

Teach First NZ CEO, Shaun Sutton, reflects on the recent Teach For All Global Conference, held in Auckland.

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Teach For All Global Conference 2015 session videos

News items - Voices - Partner stories
1 November 2015

View videos from the recent Teach For All Global Conference, held in Auckland.

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Further Together: Teach For All Global Conference

News items - Partner stories - In the media
28 October 2015

In October 2015, the annual Teach For All Global Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand, where more than 200 members of the Teach For All community from 43 countries gathered together to learn from each other and from New Zealand's unique multicultural context.

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Kaumātua Awi Riddell on Waka Huia

In the media
14 October 2015

Last week, this documentary was aired on TV One. Awi Riddell is a highly respected teacher, leader, and author and holds the Queens Service Medal for services to education. He deeply believes in the importance of education in advancing Māori and Aotearoa New Zealand's interests, and reducing inequality in outcomes. It is an immense privilege to be able to call Awi Riddell our Kaumātua.

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NZ punches above its weight with Teach For All Conference

News items - Press releases
13 October 2015

Teach First NZ Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Shaun Sutton, writes about New Zealand punching above our weight in the Teach For All Global Conference 2015.

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Louisa King, 2014 Cohort (Te Reo Māori): My Little Gems

Voices
21 September 2015

Louisa King teaches Te Reo Māori at Massey High School and is part of our 2014 cohort.

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Second independent evaluation report published

News items - Publications
10 September 2015

The second independent evaluation report of the Teach First NZ programme has been published by NZCER, and the findings continue to be positive.

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Teach First NZ Alum Antonia featured on EducationHQ

In the media
3 September 2015

Antonia McBryde from our 2013 cohort, now alum, shares her motivations for becoming a teacher and her desire to make a difference in her community.

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Making a difference where it matters most

In the media
26 August 2015

The Herald reports on growing interest in the Teach First NZ programme and interviews a member of the Alumni, Ruby Hale.  

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Fourth Annual Teach First NZ Public Debate

News items
12 August 2015

Last Wednesday, the fourth annual Teach First NZ Public Debate took place, where members of the University of Auckland Debating Society, Teach First NZ and Chapman Tripp communities gathered for an entertaining and thought-provoking evening.

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Mid-year Intensive and Lead the Way generate buzz!

News items
11 August 2015

The start of the July school holidays saw Teach First NZ participants, staff and guests reuniting at Ōrākei Marae, warmly hosted by Ngāti Whātua, gathering as a whanau for the programme’s Mid-Year Intensive – a chance to do life together, broaden horizons, exchange stories and reflect on the semester that had passed.

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Te Wiki o Te Reo at Teach First NZ

Voices
31 July 2015

Here are a collection of whakataukī, handpicked by our participants and staff.

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The stories of Ngāti Whātua

News items - Voices
23 July 2015

Robert Davidson, Associate Director of Teacher Preparation and Support for Teach First NZ, reflects on the latest Mid-Year Intensive, where both staff and participants stayed the night at Ōrākei Marae.

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Cris Cucerzan, 2014 Cohort (English): A poem

Voices
14 July 2015

Cris Cucerzan is from our 2014 cohort and teaches English at Aorere College. Inspired by his surroundings and experience at Ōrākei Marae during the Teach First NZ Mid-Year Intensive, he wrote this poem after staying the night. 

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Teach For All CEO visits New Zealand

News items
24 June 2015

Teach For All CEO and Co-Founder, Wendy Kopp, visited Aotearoa New Zealand last week for the first time. Teach For All is a global network of over 35 independent, locally-led partner organisations with a shared vision for increasing educational opportunity in their countries.

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Rikihana Gurnick in Mana Magazine

In the media
3 June 2015

Rikihana from our 2014 cohort features in the June/July issue of Mana magazine. She is currently in her second year of teaching Chemistry at Tangaroa College.

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2013 Leadership Projects

Voices - Publications
15 May 2015

All of our participants are required to undertake a leadership project in the second year of the programme. Here's what some of our 2013 cohort members came up with. 

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Kaitlyn Irving: A Milestone for Teach First NZ

Voices
15 May 2015

Kaitlyn writes about the graduation of Teach First NZ's inaugural cohort from her unique perspective of being both the wife of a participant and a staff member.

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Tracie Pile: TEDxAuckland Takeaways

Voices
12 May 2015

A few of our participants attended TEDxAuckland, held at the Victory Convention Centre a couple of weeks ago. Tracie Pile, who teaches Te Reo at James Cook High School, reflects on the speakers' stories. 

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Inaugural cohort officially graduates!

News items
11 May 2015

Teach First NZ is proud to announce the graduation of their inaugural cohort!

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Teach First NZ taps into Fronde’s expertise

News items
7 May 2015

It was a fortuitous combination of educators: Teach First NZ needed to improve their systems, and Fronde were running a cadet programme which needed a great project for interns to learn from. So over four weeks, Teach First NZ had the privilege of working with Fronde to make their mission easier.

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Teach First NZ achieves new application number record

News items
30 April 2015

Teach First NZ’s first round of recruitment for the year has seen application numbers increase dramatically.

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Deloitte wins BACS Education award

News items - Partner stories
30 April 2015

One of Teach First NZ’s founding corporate partners, Deloitte, was awarded the Good Business Egg for Education at the BACS Good Business Egg Awards 2015, hosted by CQ Hotels Wellington last week.

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Chris Thompson: Polyfest 2015

Voices
7 April 2015

Chris Thompson, from our 2015 Cohort, teaches Maths at Southern Cross Campus. Here, he describes his experience of Polyfest 2015.

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2nd year participant achieves special scholarship

News items - Voices - Partner stories
11 March 2015

Dr Jayne Ferguson is in her second year of the Teach First NZ programme, teaching Chemistry at Kelston Boys High School. Read on to learn about the impact Jayne has had in just her first year of teaching.

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The Economist: High-fliers in the classroom

Publications
19 February 2015

Here’s an interesting article from The Economist that captures the breadth of programmes similar to Teach First NZ around the world – each grounded in its context, but with the same aim to place talented individuals in lower socio-economic school communities, while developing their resilience, creativity and leadership skills.

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100 students attend Teach First NZ Summer School

News items
19 January 2015

The Teach First NZ 2015 cohort successfully completed their Summer School teaching practicum last week, as part of their eight-week Summer Initial Intensive.

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Participant Diary 2014 - Sarah Watt

Voices
11 December 2014

A collection of diary entries by 2014 participant, Sarah Watt.

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Winner of Essay Competition Announced!

News items - Partner stories
11 December 2014

Teach First NZ and the Auckland University Arts Students' Association (AUASA) ran an essay writing competition in November with the topic of “What would you change about the New Zealand education system?”

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Ako Mātātupu: Launching the Teach First NZ Alumni Community

News items
2 December 2014

The Teach First NZ annual Ako Mātātupu event, which took place on the 25th of November 2014 at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus, had a slight shift in emphasis this year. Not only were we welcoming our new participants for 2015, we were also celebrating the launch of our alumni community as the inaugural 2013 cohort completed their initial two-year commitments in schools.

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Participant Diary 2014 - Monty Jones

Voices
1 December 2014

A couple of diary entries by Monty Jones on the Summer Initial Intensive (SII).  

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2015 cohort begins Summer Initial Intensive programme

News items
24 November 2014

This year’s Summer Initial Intensive (SII) kicked off with a pōwhiri, at Tūtahi Tonu Marae, located on the University of Auckland’s Epsom Campus, to welcome our twenty 2015 cohort members and their whānau to the Teach First NZ journey.

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Teach First NZ attends Teach For All Global Conference in Mexico

News items
3 November 2014

Teach First NZ recently attended the Teach For All Global Conference, held in Puebla, Mexico. 

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Teach First NZ wins at NZAGE Awards

News items
27 October 2014

Teach First NZ is delighted to be recognised as the winner of the NZAGE (New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers) Best Diversity Strategy Award 2014.

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Antonia McBryde in the Northern Advocate

In the media
20 October 2014

Antonia McBryde, from the 2013 Cohort, featured in the Northern Advocate recently.

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Teach First NZ Chairperson at Women of Influence Awards

News items
10 October 2014

Teach First NZ's inspirational Chairperson, Deborah George, was recognised this month at the Women of Influence Awards, held at SKYCITY.

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Matt Dadley, 2013 Cohort (English)

Voices
30 September 2014

Matt gives us a taste of his relationship with the photocopying machine at school.

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Interview with Teach First NZ CEO (video)

Voices
30 September 2014

Our CEO, Shaun Sutton, talks about what Teach First NZ is, and why it exists.

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Jason Sharma: 3 Expectations Vs Reality

Voices
26 September 2014

Jason is in his first year of teaching Maths at Tamaki College. He has two degrees - one in Commerce and another a Science conjoint from the University of Auckland.

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Teach First NZ: The journey so far (video)

News items - Voices
24 September 2014

Watch Teach First NZ participants talk about their journey so far...

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Jo Pascoe (2013 Cohort) in the Northern Advocate

In the media
23 September 2014

"I have always been into music and have written a lot of songs. I only started to really love English when Ms Pascoe showed me that I can transfer song to poetry." - Sadieux Tua, Tikipunga High School

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Ruby Knight, 2013 Cohort (English)

Voices
22 September 2014

Ruby is in her final year of the programme, teaching English at Alfriston College. She has a BA in Spanish, with a minor in English, as well as a BSc in Economics and Geography. 

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Francesca on her love for Science

Voices
17 September 2014

Francesca is currently in her final year of the Teach First NZ programme, teaching Chemistry/Science at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Otara, Auckland. In this blog entry, she tells us how her own fascination with Science began. 

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KPMG and Ministry of Education contribute to programme

News items
26 August 2014

Teach First NZ participants have just finished their third professional development clinic of the year, which was held over the weekend at the University of Auckland’s Epsom campus.

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Natasha Ah Tune, 2014 Cohort (English)

Voices
4 August 2014

Natasha teaches English at Southern Cross Campus in Mangere. She gives us a taste of her teaching experiences.

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