Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA)
Terms of Settlement
This document sets out the agreed components of the settlement of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement 2019-2022. This agreement has been settled between the Secretary for Education and the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers Association Te Wehengarua (NZPPTA) and shall be subject to ratification by NZPPTA members pursuant to section 51 of the Employment Relations Act 2000. The terms outlined in this document are valid for ratification by NZPPTA members, provided ratification is confirmed and the new collective agreement is signed no later than 3pm on 1 July 2019.
The term of the new collective agreement will be 36 months from 1 July 2019 up to and including 30 June 2022.
A joint pre-bargaining process with NZEI Te Riu Roa and NZPPTA will begin four months before the expiry of the first collective agreement, of the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (PTCA), the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (STCA) and the Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement (ASTCA), to discuss the Unified Base Salary Scale (UBSS) and any other matter relating to bargaining.
2. Remuneration (clause 4.1)
Increase to the Trained Teachers’ Base Salary Scale
The parties agree that the increases to base salary will take effect from 1 July 2019, 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2021 respectively.
Qualification Maxima for G3+, G4 and G5
The parties also agree that from 1 July 2020 a new step will be added to the base scale, increasing the G3+, G4 and G5 maximum steps one step accordingly from step 10 to step 11.
Teachers who, as at 1 July 2020 have been on their qualification maximum step (G3+, G4 or G5) for at least 12 months will receive a salary increment of one step on that date.
Qualification Maxima for G1, G2 and G3
The parties also agree that from 1 July 2020 the G1 maximum step will move from step 6 to step 10, the G2 maximum step will move from step 7 to step 10 and G3 maximum step move from step 9 to step 10. Thereby from 1 July 2020 the qualification maxima for G1, G2 and G3 will be step 10.
Teachers, who as at 1 July 2020 have been on their qualification maximum step for at least 12 months will receive a salary increment of one step on that date. This date will become the teacher’s anniversary date for pay progression purposes and a teacher will be entitled to progress to the next step as per clause 4.9, and subject to their applicable qualification maximum step provided in clause 4.
Changes to the Untrained Teachers base salary scale
The parties agree to three increases of 3% per annum to the untrained base scale, the first effective from 1 July 2019, the second from 1 July 2020 and the third from 1 July 2021. The parties also agree to merge steps 1-4 of the untrained base salary scale from 1 July 2019.
From 1 July 2019 untrained teachers who lack a subject/specialist qualification will commence on step one on the untrained scale and can progress after completing one year on step one to step two.
From 1 July 2019 for untrained teachers who hold a subject/specialist qualification, the Qualification Group Notations entry points (E) and base scale maximum points (M) listed on the base salary scale for untrained teachers for each qualification group listed below, will apply:
- G1 for teachers who hold a level 5 qualification on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA
- G2 for teachers who hold a level 6 qualification on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA
- G3 for teachers who hold a level 7 qualification on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA
- G4 for teachers who hold a level 8 qualification or two level 7 qualifications on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA
- G5 for teachers who hold a level 9 or higher qualification on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA
3. Units (clause 4.3.2))
The parties agree to increase the rate of units from $4,000 to $5,000 per unit from 28 January 2020. [See wording attached at Annex 1]
The parties agree that unit formula in the staffing order for secondary schools will be adjusted to provide an additional 1,000 units from the commencement of 2020 school year.
4. Middle Management Allowances (MMAs) and Senior Management Allowances (SMAs) (clauses 4.3A and 4.3B)
The parties agree to increase the rate of MMAs and SMAs from $1,000 to $2,000 per annum from 28 January 2020 [See wording attached at Annex 1].
5. High Priority Teacher Supply Allowance (clause 4.13)
The parties agree to pay the High Priority Teacher Supply Allowance (HPTSA) at the rate of $2,500 for all teachers who hold a current practising certificate from 1 July 2019 at schools who are identified as receiving the allowance [See wording attached at Annex 1].
6. Parental Provisions (clause 6.3)
The parties agree to amend the Parental Provisions to reflect gender neutral language from 1 July 2019. The intention of the amendment to the Parental Grant payment is that any teacher (regardless of gender) who is the primary carer receives the grant [See wording attached at Annex 1].
7. Māori Immersion Teacher Allowance (clause 4.18)
The parties agree to introduce an additional allowance of $2,000 per annum for teachers with three continuous years’ teaching service in level 1 immersion settings, increasing to $4,000 for teachers with six continuous years’ teaching experience in those settings from 1 July 2019 [See wording attached at Annex 1].
8. Careers Adviser Allowance (clause 4.10)
The parties agree to increase the value of the Careers Adviser Allowance to from $1,500 to $2,250 from 1 July 2019 [See wording attached at Annex 1].
9. Surplus Staffing (clause 3.9)
The parties agree to amend the surplus staffing provisions to improve the flow and language [See wording attached at Annex 1].
10. Additional Payment
The parties agree that all full-time teachers who are members of the NZPPTA and are covered by the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement as at 13 June 2019 are entitled to receive a one-off gross payment of $1,500. The payment will be pro-rated for part-time teachers based on their full-time teacher equivalent (FTTE) as at 13 June 2019.
Teachers who are members of the NZPPTA and were covered by the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement as at 13 June 2019 and on that day were on approved leave under Part 6 of this collective agreement are entitled, upon application on their return, to receive the one-off gross payment of $1,500, or pro-rated payment, on the return to their position providing that they return on or before 1 July 2020.
Short-term relievers, as defined in clause 3.2.5, who are members of the NZPPTA and covered by the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement as at 3pm on the 1 July 2019 shall be entitled to receive the one-off gross payment of $1,500 pro-rata based both on their employment status and on the proportion of the total number of school days (140) between 19 October 2018 and 30 June 2019 inclusive, for which they have been employed.
A teacher may not receive more than $1,500 gross in total.
11. Professional Development Fund for secondary school teachers
From the commencement of the 2020 school year there will be a Fund of $5 million per annum for the purposes of secondary school teachers’ professional development. A Memorandum of Understanding will be developed and agreed between the parties that describes the purpose, application criteria and process to access the Fund.
12. Letter to Boards about member only provisions
The Secretary agrees to write to all Boards of Trustees that employ secondary teachers employed on a promulgated individual employment agreement to remind each Board that it has no legal authority to pay the Additional Payment to any non NZPPTA members and that Boards must not do so.
13. Accord between the Ministry of Education, PPTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa
The parties agree to enter into an accord, alongside settlement of the collective agreement with the purpose of transparently giving effect to building a high trust environment where the teaching profession is highly regarded, sustainable, and is fit for now and the future of learning.
14. Technical changes
The parties agree to make any technical changes that are mutually agreed prior to 1 July 2019.
The parties on signing this document acknowledge, subject to any subsequent agreed editorial and technical changes, that this reflects the agreements reached in the settlement of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement 2019-2022.