Teach First NZ

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Teach First NZ

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Applications Close - End of Day: 26-09-2016

dep on qualification plus fully funded Postgraduate qualification

New Zealand

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New Zealand needs your help.

It is a cold reality in New Zealand that not every Kiwi kid gets the same chance. 

4/10 students from low-income communities will leave school without achieving NCEA level 2 compared to 1/10 students from high-income communities. 

This makes New Zealand one of the worst performing countries in the developed world in providing equal educational outcomes and results in thousands of Kiwi kids falling through the cracks of our education system every year. 

You can make a difference.

Teach First NZ is recruiting 30 well rounded individuals onto a 2 year leadership development programme aimed at tackling educational inequality in New Zealand. On the programme participants receive a full-time salary and a scholarship which covers the costs of a Postgraduate Diploma in teaching at the University of Auckland.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

Phase one of the programme will see you teaching in a secondary school serving a low-income community in either Auckland, Northland or Whangarei. Throughout the two years you are provided with wrap-around support by dedicated school, academic and Teach First NZ staff to guide your development inside and outside of the classroom.

At the end of the two years, you will receive a fully funded Postgraduate Diploma in teaching qualification from the University of Auckland and will move into phase two of the programme,  where you can choose to either stay in education or take the skills, knowledge and confidence you have gained into other sectors and career paths. As an Alumnus of our programme you will be supported to affect long term change in Aotearoa New Zealand wherever you go.

Who are we looking for?

  • Applicants must have completed, or be in the process of completing (in 2016) a Bachelors degree or above.
  • See our full subject eligibility criteria at www.teachfirstnz.org/applications.


Attributes of an ideal applicant include: strong communication skills, perseverance and resilience, problem solving skills, leadership potential and a commitment to making a difference.

How to apply

Register to receive an application form at www.teachfirstnz.org/apply.

Interested in this role?

Apply now