Have your say on a framework for all our careers

With your feedback from the earlier phases, we've worked with the Ministry and NZSTA on a conceptual model as a basis for a new framework. It's now time to have your say.

This process is the next step towards developing a new career framework.

Its purpose is to get you involved, as teachers and principals and other stakeholders, to discuss the concept, and shape the ongoing development of a career framework fit for professionals working in Aotearoa New Zealand in the 21st Century.

In this section of the site, you’ll find more information about how we reached this point, and guidelines for discussing the concept among your colleagues.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to shape the future of the teaching profession and get it right, for ourselves and the children whose learning journeys we play such a vital role in.

What to do now

1: Get to know the proposed concepts

We've got a video and some text to help explain it.

2: Have the discussion

Use the discussion guide to frame your conversations about the proposed concepts.

3: Submit your feedback

Send in your feedback online.

You'll need to submit your feedback by 4 August.

The story so far



The career framework development work was agreed as part of the settlement of the Primary Teachers’ and Primary Principals’ Collective Agreements in 2016.  A Terms of Reference sets out the agreed work between the Ministry and the NZEI along with the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) The Career Framework will apply to all teachers and principals in the primary sector.

As part of the Terms of Reference we agreed a set of principles to guide the development and to ensure we achieve a framework that is beneficial for everyone in the sector.

What we have done so far
The current situation
The new direction

What's happening now?

From now until 4 August we are encouraging everyone in the primary education sector to discuss the proposed career framework concept and to give feedback to the working group to inform the next stage of development work.

We are bringing a conceptual idea to you for discussion as it is important that everyone has a chance to really weigh up the pros and cons of this approach and to have an opportunity to shape its ongoing development.

The working group will spend term 3 and 4 this year processing the feedback from this engagement process, along with research and expert input to develop a detailed career framework which we will share with the sector through an engagement process early in 2018.  After that we will need to decide what claims to take into bargaining to allow for the framework to be introduced.