Inaugural cohort officially graduates!

News items - 11 May 2015

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

Last Monday, the inaugural 2013 Teach First NZ cohort graduated at the Aotea Centre, and were proudly the first ever participants to be awarded a Postgraduate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) qualification in New Zealand – the Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching (Field-based) from the University of Auckland.

“Graduation day of our inaugural cohort reminded me of the early days when we were setting up Teach First NZ. To think this talented and committed group of teachers has come so far in a relatively short amount of time is humbling. Their achievements set a strong foundation for ongoing work towards a New Zealand with improved educational outcomes for all”.
- Shaun Sutton, Chief Exeuctive, Teach First NZ

“The graduation of our first cohort of participants on the Teach First NZ programme has been an opportunity to reflect on their many achievements in their classrooms over the past two years and celebrate the continued impact they are positioned to make towards reducing the education gap in New Zealand.”
- Seren Wilson, Recruitment Director for Teach First NZ.

“Seeing the 2013 cohort always fills my emotional bucket. It is wonderful to have had the privilege of supporting and working alongside such a talented and motivated group of people and to watch them become such capable colleagues and teachers. They always talk about standing on the shoulders of giants, yet when I see them now, I feel like I am looking from eye to eye, from one teacher to another. I think that their shoulders are ready to start being stood on by the next generation.”
- Mike Hughes, Director of Teacher Preparation and Support for Teach First NZ

“This was a great occasion - celebrating the first ITE graduates to enter teaching with a postgraduate qualification from the University of Auckland, after enjoying the privilege and pleasure of working with them over those 26 months. The most satisfying aspect of the day was reflecting on the fact that these graduates remain committed to teaching and at least 1200 students are benefitting from their presence in the classroom this year."
- Dr Ngaire Hoben, Director of Secondary Education, University of Auckland

The cohort, now alumni, is committed to continue pursuing a more equal Aotearoa New Zealand, where all young people achieve their full educational potential, regardless of their background.