The Government and the New Zealand Educational Institute have ended their stalemate over the $359 million plan to pay some teachers and principals more to improve groups of schools.
The union had rejected the Government's Investing in Educational Success scheme and today announced a joint effort to find ways of raising children's achievement.
However, it is not yet clear if their work will fine-tune the Government's initiative or come up with something entirely new.
The aim of the talks is to decide what jobs and what money are needed to raise children's achievement within groups of schools and early childhood centres.
That is very similar to the Government's plan, which will see schools form groups in which some teachers and one principal will be paid more to lead improvements.
The Ministry of Education and the union would begin talks in February next year and report back by the end of May.