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10,000 students are predicted to leave school in 2018 without achieving NCEA Level 2

All our young people deserve the opportunity and education they need to thrive. And you have the skills, right now, to make that a reality.

We support people like you to become highly effective teachers and inspirational leaders who make a difference.

Work with us to lead the future.

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About Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu

We believe it is possible for all of our rangatahi (young people) in New Zealand to reach their full potential. If we achieve this, we will be a happier, healthier and richer country.

But we have a problem.

Currently, New Zealand has one of the highest levels of educational inequality in the developed world and this results in thousands of students falling through the cracks of our education system.

One of the ways that we aim to address educational inequality is through our two-year teaching and education leadership programme that supports great people to become highly effective teachers and inspirational leaders.

Our Programme

The Teach First NZ teaching and education leadership programme provides carefully selected participants with the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in a school community, inspiring future generations of New Zealanders to fulfil their potential.

Our programme has been identified as offering one of the top Graduate Development experiences in New Zealand. Delivered in partnership with The Mind Lab and with support from leading New Zealand organisations, we support participants to develop their abilities as communicators and influencers in a way that no other programme can.

Upon graduating you will be awarded with a Masters in Teaching and Education Leadership from The Mind Lab.

Acceptance into the programme means that you can:

  • Make a real difference in the community and in the lives of our rangitahi
  • Develop your leadership skills and potential
  • Become a qualified teacher as a Master of Teaching and Education Leadership
  • Be paid as you learn
  • Be a part of a national movement towards change
  • Receive a competitive salary, as well as 10 weeks of annual holiday
  • Receive a fully funded Masters in Teaching and Education Leadership
  • Build lifelong friendships with fellow participants
  • Access a network of participants, alumni, education leaders and businesses
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New Zealand has one of the strongest links between low educational achievement and socio-economic background in the OECD

Criteria for

At Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu we are looking for outstanding individuals.
Our participants do not start out as qualified teachers - in fact, they come from a range of academic disciplines and backgrounds.

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Key information

Applications are now open for the Teach First NZ Programme!

We recruit in three rounds: Round 1 closes on 1st April 2019, Round 2 closes on June 23rd, Round 3 closes on Monday 9th September. We fill our vacancies as soon as we find candidates that meet our competencies and academic requirements. This means that the most popular subjects fill up very early, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out.


Recruitment Dates

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the first round closing on Monday 1st April.

Phone Interviews
Once you’ve submitted your online application we’ll let you know whether you’re invited to the next stage, a phone interview. These will take place between Wednesday 3rd April - Monday 8th April.

Offers will be communicated to successful candidates by Tuesday 23rd April.

Summer Intensive
Begins mid-November 2019.


Recruitment Process
To apply for the Teach First NZ Programme you will first need to complete our online application form.

If your online application is successful, you will be invited for a interview where you will have another opportunity to discuss your background and demonstrate key competencies.

Success here will lead you to a Teach First NZ Assessment Centre, incorporating interviews, a group exercise, a sample teaching lesson and self-reflection exercises.

If you are successful at our Assessment Centre – congratulations! You will be made an offer to start your leadership journey with Teach First NZ.

Work with us to lead the future.