STEM Vacancy

Teach First NZ

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Ko te piko o te māhuri, tērā te tupu o te rākau.

The way the sapling is shaped determines how the tree grows.

Who is Ako Mātātupu?

Ako Mātātupu is an organisation steered by Tangata Whenua that is working hard to address educational inequality in NZ classrooms. We do this through our two-year Teach First NZ programme where we train great people to become teachers and leaders who will actively address this imbalance.

What will I gain from doing the Teach First NZ Programme?

  • Employment as a beginning teacher in one of our amazing partner schools from January 2023.
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching (full scholarship, no fees to pay).
  • Expert mentoring and support throughout your entire learning journey.

Am I training to be a teacher or being employed as a teacher?

Both! This is the ultimate earn-as-you-learn opportunity.

Applicants accepted onto the TFNZ Programme will attend a 7 week Summer Intensive to prepare them to teach. They then enter the classroom as paid beginning teachers in the new school year. Over the following two years they work as a teacher with a reduced teaching load to allow them time to study towards their PGDip in Secondary Teaching. On completion of the programme, our participants are fully qualified as secondary school teachers with a clear and meaningful career path.

We are currently seeking applications from candidates with a major/minor, or equivalent knowledge, in the following teaching subjects:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Pasifika languages
  • English (literature)

How do I know if I'm eligible for the TFNZ programme?

We'd love to hear from you if:

  • you hold a Bachelor's degree at Level 7 (or equivalent) and have completed 4 papers - including at least one at 300-level - in a subject taught in NZ Secondary schools.
  • you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • you do not already hold a New Zealand teaching qualification.

Take our handy Eligibility Quiz to see if you’re eligible -

Can I apply if I live outside Auckland? 

Yes! Ako Mātātupu has partner schools all over the motu!

How do I apply?

Please submit your application via the Teach First NZ website: 

Round two of applications will close at 5pm on the 12th of September, 2022.

Ngā mihi nui. Kia manawanui, kia toa.

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