Today marks the start of the Teach First NZ Summer Initial Intensive (SII), with the 2014 cohort of 20 participants beginning the programme.
The SII is the first part of the Teach First NZ programme, comprising a six-week residential programme for participants, over the summer.
The SII is delivered in partnership with the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. The focus of the programme is on developing the skills and knowledge to best prepare participants for the working in classroom from the start of the school year, and introduces the ongoing coursework that will continue over the two years.
We also have time in schools planned, and a mini 'summer school' teaching practicum in January. Participants are also introduced to the leadership development strand of the two-year programme.
For the 2014 intake, Teach First NZ received over 270 applications for its 20 places. The Teach First NZ recruitment process remains highly competitive with fewer than 1 in 10 applicants being selected.
The 2014 intake is particularly diverse – 35% of the cohort are Māori or Pasifika participants, with half the group teaching Mathematics or Science subjects.
Teach First NZ’s inaugural cohort of 16 participants is currently teaching across 9 schools in Auckland and Northland, while in 2014 the combined 36 participants will teach across 17 schools across both regions.
Participants listen to a panel of host school principals, during one of the SII sessions.
John Heyes (Mangere College); Soana Pamaka (Tamaki College); Peter Gall (Papatoetoe High School); Deidre Shea (Onehunga High School).
A small group of participants deliver one of their assessed seminar presentations.