Secondary School Specialist Classroom Teacher
A Secondary School Specialist Classroom Teacher (SCT) provides professional development, guidance, mentoring and induction to other staff.
SCTs are appointed from a school's permanent staff. They get a Specialist Classroom Teacher allowance and a certain number of hours per week for their duties. The Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement, clause 3.8B, sets out the relevant allowances and requirements.
- A school with up to 1,200 students has four hours a week of SCT time.
- A school with more than 1,200 students has eight hours a week of SCT time.
This time is in addition to the teachers' usual non-contact time.
An SCT must:
- Be a permanently appointed registered teacher, full or part time, with a significant classroom teaching load
- Have at least six years teaching experience (in New Zealand or overseas)
- Have three successful attestations against the experienced classroom teacher standards, or overseas equivalent.
SCT payment and allowances
An SCT is eligible for:
- An allowance of $8,000 a year
- Reimbursement of study fees of up to $1,000 a year for two years, for study towards relevant post graduate qualifications upon their first appointment as an SCT.
Note: An SCT cannot hold any permanent units - they can keep one fixed term unit if the school requires them to continue a specific responsibility.
Appointing a SCT outside the terms and guidelines
Under some circumstances, schools may be able to appoint a SCT, who does not meet the guidelines and terms of the collective agreement. To do this, they will need concurrence (official agreement) from the Ministry of Education.
Note: the summary on this page is not intended as a substitute for the full text of the collective agreement, or for expert advice from the New Zealand School Trustees Association)