This year, we're saying it's time to fix the crisis in education.
Children need teachers who are free to teach, not bogged down with admin.
They need teachers who are respected and valued for their expertise, not stressed and overworked.
They need teachers who are paid well enough to stay and grow in the job.
Negotiation starts now for 2018's collective agreement. We're calling time on low pay and teacher shortages. NZEI members are asking for more staff and support in our schools, a decent jolt in our pay and the opportunity to develop our careers.
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What do we want?
Imagine what your school could look like if every staff member had the time and resources to teach, lead, and grow in the profession.
NZEI members have identified some of the things that can make lasting, positive change for New Zealand's schools.
Fixing the teacher shortage crisis
Schools are struggling to attract and retain great teachers. There is also a drop in the number of people choosing to train as teachers. This is happening because of years of political undervaluing of the profession. It won't just fix itself.
What we want
- Significant pay increases for teachers and principals over the course of the agreement. We're asking for a 16% pay rise over the two years of this agreement.
- A renewal of the pay parity clauses ensuring that primary teachers aren't worse off than teachers in high school
Time to teach, time to lead
Teachers and principals are facing immense pressure thanks to enormous workloads and more responsibilities without any additional staffing or time. There aren't enough resources available for supporting children with additional learning needs.
Teachers and principals need time to teach, and time to lead.
What we want
- Significant increases to staffing available to all schools to support leaders, classroom teachers and teachers with admin tasks, children with additional needs, and assessment.
Respect, recognition, reward
Options for career development can vary a lot from school to school, which means that teachers aren't getting the same chances to grow in the profession.
At the moment, there are some issues with relativity, and there is limited recognition for teachers and principals with specialist skills.
Both these factors are contributing to the teacher shortage crisis.
What we want
- Meaningful new career options for teachers and principals
- Remove the qualification-based salary cap
- Recognise specialist expertise
- Fix principals' pay in small and rural schools
Authorised by Paul Goulter, National Secretary, NZEI Te Riu Roa, 178 Willis Street Wellington