Survey of Overseas Teachers 2003

Publication Details

Since 1997, the Research Division of the Ministry of Education has undertaken a number of surveys of overseas teachers. The 2003 overseas teachers survey focuses solely on the experiences of overseas teachers in New Zealand secondary and composite schools.

Author(s): Vijayantimala Anand and Sharon Dewar, Research, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: 2004

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Summary

New Zealand schools have experienced significant roll growth over the past few years as a result of the population boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s. From around 1995 onwards student numbers in primary schools increased rapidly creating an increased demand for primary teachers. Roll growth in the primary sector is, however, expected to decline over the next few years as students move through the school system from primary to secondary school. Increased roll growth is now being experienced in the secondary sector and will continue until at least 2006. Demand for teachers in secondary schools will, therefore, remain high over the coming years.

Since 1996, the Ministry of Education has introduced a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the supply of teachers in New Zealand schools. Initially, these focussed mainly on increasing the number of primary school teachers but more recently, the focus has shifted to increasing the number of teachers in secondary schools. One of the options used to meet the increasing demand for teachers has been to recruit qualified teachers from overseas. To attract secondary teachers to come to New Zealand to teach, all overseas secondary teachers appointed to a full-time position of 20 weeks or more are eligible for a $3000 international relocation grant. The TeachNZ  website also provides overseas teachers with detailed information about teaching in New Zealand and features case studies of teachers from various countries who are working in New Zealand and of their experiences of teaching here.

Since 1997, the Research Division of the Ministry of Education has undertaken a number of surveys of overseas teachers. The main aim of these surveys has been to monitor the numbers of 'relatively new' overseas teachers working in New Zealand and to find out how much longer they intended to teach in New Zealand. The retention of overseas teachers is particularly significant when projecting the future demand for teachers. The following report details the results from the latest survey which focused solely on the experiences of teachers in New Zealand secondary and composite schools. The last survey of overseas teachers, completed in October 2001, surveyed overseas teachers in intermediate, secondary and composite schools.

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