Teach First NZ

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Teach First NZ

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Full-time salary plus fully funded Postgraduate Diploma

New Zealand

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Teach First NZ is recruiting its next intake of future leaders.

Are you achievement focused? A strong communicator? Passionate about learning and education? resilient and determined? If so we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to make a difference
  • Responsibility and challenge
  • A full-time salary while you work and study part-time
  • A fully-funded Postgraduate qualification
  • Connection to a prestigious global network


Will you help?

Teach First NZ has been set up to tackle the problem that too many children fall through the cracks of our education system.  Research points to two things that can move the dial on this pressing problem:

Brilliant educators in our schools,


Brilliant leaders at all levels of our society.

At Teach First NZ - we aim to develop both.

First up

We train you to be a great educator and find you a job in a secondary school serving a low socioeconomic community for two years. Throughout the programme you develop a variety of different skills and qualities ranging from excellent communication, creativity, adaptability, innovation, resilience, leadership, and strategic time management.

Throughout the two years, you are provided with wrap-around support by dedicated school, academic and Teach First NZ mentors.

At the end of the two years, you receive a fully funded Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching qualification from The University of Auckland and will move into phase two of the programme.  

Teach First...what next?

You are now a qualified secondary teacher.  Whether you choose to stay in education or take the skills you have developed over the two year programme into other sectors, as an ambassador of our programme you will be supported to continue your development as a changemaker in New Zealand.

We are looking for graduates and experienced career professionals with a degree that includes at least one paper at 300 level/third year (or above) in one of the following subject areas:

  • Mathematics and/or Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • General Science (Biology/Earth Sciences/ Zoology/ Genetics/ Astronomy* see full eligibility criteria)
  • English
  • or competence in Te Reo Māori combined with a degree in any subject. 


Applicants must have New Zealand Residency or Citizenship to apply.

Passion meet purpose: Teach First NZ.


CLOSING DATE: 15th August 2016


For more details, eligibility criteria, and to apply, visit our website at:

www.teachfirstnz.org/apply.  Call us on 0800 TO LEAD or email us at apply@teachfirstnz.org.



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