Survey of principals on secondary teacher supply
The New Zealand Secondary Principals Council (SPC) of PPTA and the Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand (SPANZ) surveyed secondary school principals about their current experience of secondary teacher shortages and anticipated staffing requirements for the start of 2018. The online survey was open from 20 October 2017 to 7th November 2017
- Problems filing secondary teacher vacancies are countrywide, but more intense in the major metropolitan regions and currently most intense in Auckland/Manukau.
- The majority of responses from all parts of the country indicate the appointment of secondary teaching staff is more difficult than in 2015.
- Currently there are indicated to be around 570 positions that secondary schools have not been able to fill with external appointments.
- More than 700 positions in secondary schools are indicated to have been filled only by compromising on the qualifications or quality of the appointees.
- Secondary school principals are identifying the following as the most common manifestations of the supply crisis:
- smaller numbers of quality applicants for positions
- smaller number of applicants for positions
- too few experienced teachers applying
- Most principals reported being sometimes unable to find external relief cover for absent teachers.
- The information provided suggests that the 331 secondary schools currently expect to have to find around 1400 secondary teachers will need to fill their expected vacancies for the start of 2018.
- Secondary teaching positions/vacancies/appointments in composite schools will be in addition to those identified in this report.