New Zealand Educational Institute, Te Riu Roa, has developed the Beginning Teachers Charter following concerns 85% of new graduates aren’t getting permanent teaching jobs.
And many of those who are employed are getting relief work or short-term positions.
That often means they don’t receive the support and mentoring they need for full certification within six years of graduating.
NZEI President Louise Green says “if we want great teachers for our children, teachers need to be well-supported from the beginning of their career”.
“We need to have faith in young people, employ them and support them”, she says.
The charter guarantees that any beginning teachers the school employs will receive the induction and mentoring support they are entitled to.
It appears the charter has support from the Educational Council and New Zealand Principals’ Federation.