What are MMAs intended for?
The PPTA, NZSTA and the Ministry of Education agreed that there were a particularly pressing recruitment and retention pressure on middle managers in secondary schools that required a response that would focus on those teachers in these positions.
It is intended that Middle Management Allowances (MMAs) are "additional salary recognition for currently designated curriculum and/or pastoral management responsibilities to support recruitment and retention of teachers who hold these responsibilities."
While schools increasingly use a variety of titles for traditional and/or new positions of curriculum and/or pastoral management responsibility, the MMAs are intended for potentially eligible teachers who are predominantly in positions traditionally termed:
- Heads of Departments (HODs) - subject
- Assistant Heads of Departments (subject)
- Deans (year)
- Heads of Faculties (HOFs) - subject/curriculum area
- Teachers-in-Charge (subject), and
- Guidance Counselors (those with pastoral management responsibilities).
MMAs may be allocated to teachers
- Who already receive remuneration for these responsibilities, i.e. management units, as additional recognition of existing work, or
- Who have designated management responsibilities that are not currently recognized through the allocation of a salary unit.
Teachers who have five units and who have a clearly identified designated curriculum management responsibility in addition to their administration role may be allocated one MMA. For example, a Deputy Principal with five units who is also the Head of Maths may receive one MMA.
The majority of MMAs will be permanent because the curriculum and/or pastoral management duties they provide extra remuneration for are on-going responsibilities. For this reason, no more than 30%1 of the school's allocation can be offered as fixed term payments.
1There is an upper limit of 40% of management units being fixed term