Primary teacher stands amongst multi-coloured pillars.

Initial Teacher Education 2040

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) plays a vital role in our education system, preparing future teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to begin teaching.

ITE also feeds the latest developments in pedagogy and teacher practice back into the sector, as a crucial interface between pedagogical theory, research, and classroom practice.

The asks

This work will evolve over time, but we are calling out the following as key outcomes we want to see by 2040 in Aotearoa. 

  1. The establishment of a genuinely bicultural ITE system, grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  2. All teachers will be capable of working in level two immersion, meaning that 51–80% of the programme is delivered in Te Reo Māori.
  3. Greater support for ITE partner schools and centres, including funding, coaching and mentoring qualifications for mentor teachers, and building networks for associate teachers to enhance their development.
  4. Greater collaboration and support for first year teachers, including the removal of fixed-term contracts, additional resourcing for advice and guidance schemes.
  5. The creation of a compulsory post-graduate programme for beginning teachers to complete in their first two years.

Learn more about ITE 2040

See what we're proposing and be a part of setting our new teachers up for success.

Related campaigns

Take a look at our current campaigns and find out how you can get involved.


Pay equity for teachers | Mana Taurite

  • Primary Teachers
  • Primary Principals

The pay equity claim for teachers is currently underway. This is the largest pay equity claim in Aotearoa, covering over 90,000 teachers and principals working in schools, kindergartens and education and care settings. As registered teachers, principals are included in this claim. As teachers we are highly skilled professionals who work creatively, flexibly and with responsibility to our students and whānau. However, our work is often under recognised. Pay equity gives us the opportunity to win corrections to pay and conditions and to feel truly valued for the work we do. Throughout this pay equity claim we are working with the Ministry of Education and early childhood education employer representatives. The claim covers kaiako from early childhood education through to secondary school, so we are also working alongside the PPTA Te Wehengarua.

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