A teacher training programme that fast-tracks graduates into low decile schools has been extended to help ease teacher supply issues.
Teach First, a programme developed by the University of Auckland and the Teach First NZ Trust, recruits high-calibre graduates to do an intensive eight week course before starting work in low decile schools where they’re bonded for two years.
Education Minister Hekia Parata has extended the programme for another three years to train 40 new secondary school teachers and an additional ten places focused on science, technology and maths, which are subject shortage areas.
Great. The US programme this is based on has been a huge success at getting motivated young graduates into schools with under-privileged children.