Education Act Changes

The new legislation comes into effect on 19 May 2017.

We have created an overview of these changes.


NZSTA will continue to update you with factsheets, newsletters and through our website. 

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How will MMAs be allocated?

The wording of the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) for the allocation of the new Middle Management Allowances (MMAs) is the same as that for the allocation of management units. Many schools will already have a well developed consultative process and have transparency around the allocation of units. If the principal and PPTA branch members feel that this is an effective process, they may simply apply that consultation process to the MMAs.

The Collective Agreement requires consultation between school management and the teaching staff before allocation of the MMAs. 

The contractual requirement for consultation is met if:

A full legal definition of consultation is attached as Appendix 2 to assist.

To provide the teaching staff with a real opportunity for input into the consultation process the school will need to provide the following information as a minimum:

The exact process of consultation may vary from school to school, and the PPTA branch will naturally have an important role in facilitating consultation with teaching staff within a school.

(1) Board funded 'units' are not counted towards eligibility or non-eligibility for MMAs and information on the distribution of these does not need to be provided.

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