21 Jul 2015

NZEI drops opposition to school plan

1:50 pm on 21 July 2015

A teachers union is dropping its opposition to the Government's $155 million a year plan to pay teachers more to improve schools after negotiating changes to the scheme.

Teacher and student at Linwood Primary School, Christchurch.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

The deal agreed with the Education Ministry opens the way for more schools to join a revised version of the programme known as Investing in Educational Success.

The Educational Institute (NZEI) said the changes include allowing early childhood services to join the scheme, which was originally just for schools.

In addition, the number of new roles for teachers and principals to lead improvements in each group of schools will be based on schools' needs, rather than on a formula.

The NZEI has been fiercely critical of the Government's scheme, especially its extra pay for some teachers and principals, and wanted to negotiate an alternative.

Today it said there would be one scheme, with changes.

Education Minister Hekia Parata said the agreement followed one by the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) last year.

She said, under the agreement, the communities of schools set up by the scheme would become communities of learning that could include the pathway from early childhood to tertiary education.

The NZEI's members will vote on whether to include the new roles created by the scheme in their collective agreement.