New Zealand's losing more and more teachers, so we're asking Kiwi parents and their kids to show us how much they would miss their teachers if they were gone. Kids need teachers, yet schools are struggling to fill teacher vacancies, with some schools reporting zero applicants for vacant positions. Within a decade, NZ will be short 1,800 teachers. There are growing numbers of children entering school, yet there has been a 40% reduction in people training to be teachers. There just aren't enough teachers to give your kids the education they deserve. There is also a desperate need for more support for children with additional learning needs.
We'll miss them when they're gone!
Ka noho mokemoke mātou mō rātou
Why are teachers striking and
what are they asking for?
Teachers and principals are in collective employment negotiations and are asking for:
- More teachers – so your kids can get more attention
- More resources/staff to support children with additional learning needs
- A pay jolt to salaries for teachers to address the teacher shortage – so that your children will have a teacher in the future
Can the Government afford it?
This is about choices. A 16% increase in primary teacher salaries would cost $300 million a year. This is equivalent to 4km of the $1.9 billion Warkworth to Wellsford motorway. Or approximately one cockpit of one of the four new military planes the Government has purchased.
Do other New Zealanders support these issues?
Yes, 91% of NZers want more money to be spent on education. And 83% think teachers need a pay increase. The vast majority of them think teachers need a decent pay increase, and 67% even thought double digits.
NZEI Te Riu Roa, whose members work in every community in New Zealand, leading and advocating for quality public education.
We are the 50,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New Zealand’s largest education union, a Treaty based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.
We have the most important job in New Zealand - educating for the future.
As the professional voice of New Zealand principals, teachers and support staff we are engaged in building on the high quality education our schools and centres offer our children.
As the industrial voice of educators we are committed to securing the best employment terms and conditions possible for all members.
We strongly support educational initiatives that align with our values and vision for quality public education and strongly oppose policies and practices that are destructive to our vision and values.
We are the collective voice of the profession.
Who is behind this campaign?
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 to attract and retain teachers, so your children have teachers now and into the future.
A 16% pay rise over the two years of this agreement.
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.
Children with additional learning needs
What we want
More support for children with additional learning needs. These children have waited long enough to get the education they need and deserve.
As part of our claim, we have asked for a new teacher staffing and resourcing entitlement for schools to employ and train a SENCO.