Teach First NZ pilot successful despite controversy

We have written before about Teach First:

1.MORE TEACHER UNION WHINGING COPY/PASTED BY MEDIA PARTY

2.PPTA PROTECT THEIR PATCH, STUDENTS SUFFER

3.TOO FUNNY – WHERE ARE ALL THE PROTESTS FROM THE EDUCATION UNIONS?

4.THE WORD ‘CONTROVERSIAL’ IS OVER USED BY THE MEDIA PARTY

Now despite all the whinging and patch protection, Education Minister Hekia Parata this week announced that she is going to extend and and expand what she describes as a  a ground-breaking teacher training programme.

New Zealand needed more teachers able to teach science, technology and maths. These are subjects where graduates can often make a lot more money elsewhere. The pilot has been successful in attracting top quality graduates to the teaching profession and keeping them. All and all this is a great result with the added bonus that these teachers are unlikely to go along with the chalk face mentality of the PPTA. After all the PPTA were against them from the start, taking Teach First to court in an attempt to have the student teachers ruled illegal. Now that these new teachers are qualified they might as well return the favour and use their voting rights ( if they bother to join the union ) to make some changes.

“The Teach First NZ pilot has been very effective in attracting high-achieving graduates into teaching. That’s why I’m pleased we’ve extended the programme for a further three years to train 40 new secondary school teachers, and are expanding it by another ten places focused on science, technology and maths in 2017. This means there will be up to 50 newly trained teachers from this programme by the end of 2018,” says Ms Parata.

“We’re committed to recruiting the best and brightest into teaching, particularly in high-demand subjects like science, technology and maths. The extra places and the expansion to allow Teach First NZ to cover technology graduates will help attract more new teachers for these subjects.”

Teach First NZ is a field-based Initial Teacher Education programme developed by the University of Auckland and the Teach First NZ Trust which recruits high-calibre graduates and places them in low-decile secondary schools for an initial two-year commitment.

“This programme selects graduates at the top of their game, just the type of teachers we want in schools. It also has a high completion and retention rate, so we’re backing it to recruit more quality graduates,” says Ms Parata.

The Ministry of Education has also released the third of four evaluation reports into the Teach First NZ programme.

The report, commissioned by the Ministry from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, found that by their second year in the programme, most Teach First NZ trainees are considered by their mentors to be very effective in helping raise student achievement.

“It highlights the quality support and mentoring for trainees, as well as the opportunities for them to be immersed in classroom settings and have the time to reflect on what they’re learning…

-voxy.co.nz


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