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Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important to us.

Please make sure you read have the consultation document on the Ministry of Education's website before completing this survey. It provides further information on the sector reference group's proposal. 

The information provided in submissions will inform the sector reference group’s final recommendations to the Accord Governance Group and the Minister of Education. 


The Accord agreed between the Ministry of Education, NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA Te Wehengarua included a commitment to review how schools are resourced for teacher aides. This work is an opportunity for the education sector and the Ministry to work together and consider improvements to the resourcing model for teacher aides that strengthens outcomes for learners and their whānau.

An education sector reference group was established in March 2021 to lead the review, contributing expertise and knowledge from across the education sector. The group are seeking your feedback on their proposal for how schools are resourced for teacher aides. They will reconvene in late April 2023 and use the feedback acquired through consultation to inform whether any changes are made to the proposal. The group will then submit their final recommended proposal to the Minister of Education to consider in mid-2023.

The following peak bodies and organisations have had representation on the group and been involved in the development of this proposal:
  • New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools
  • NZEI Te Riu Roa
  • PPTA Te Wehengarua
  • Secondary Principals’ Association New Zealand
  • Special Education Principals’ Association New Zealand
  • New Zealand School Trustees Association
  • New Zealand Pasifika Principals’ Association
  • New Zealand Principals’ Federation
  • Te Akatea Principals’ Association
  • Ministry of Education
Important context for the proposal 

This proposal focuses on English-medium education settings, and it is important that the proposal works for bilingual and Māori medium in otherwise English-medium schools. The Ministry engages separately with Kaupapa Māori peak bodies and stakeholders to strengthen and grow Kauapa Māori education settings, kura and pathways. Our ways of working are adjusting as we improve our understanding of Kaupapa Māori needs, contexts and priorities. The Ministry is committed to considering support or teacher aide provision and related resourcing in Kaupapa Māori but this will be progressed separately and will take a different approach.
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