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All teachers facilitating learning in a classroom at Hamilton Junior High School shall be registered. Year 1 and 2 teachers shall be provisionally registered up to the time of becoming fully registered. It is the responsibility of a teaching staff member to maintain their own registration status. Each teaching staff member will be responsible for the payment of their own registration fees.


  1. To safeguard the quality of teaching at Hamilton Junior High School.
  2. To ensure there is a trained and competent teaching service.
  3. To assist beginning teachers to gain registration.


Beginning teachers

  1. The principal will be responsible for ensuring that advice and guidance is given to all provisionally registered teachers.
    1. The Principal’s responsibilities will include:
  • Naming a supervisory teacher responsible for the guidance and assessment of each provisionally registered teacher.
  • Ensuring that suitable professional advice is gained from the beginning teacher(s) supervisor.
  1. Each provisionally registered teacher will receive a minimum of six observation visits per year by their main supervisory teacher for a period of not less than two years.
  2. Where possible, one formal observation visit will be undertaken by the Principal or Principal’s delegate per term.
  3. At the end of each observation lesson the teacher will receive a full, instructive written report defining strengths and weaknesses observed. Typed copies are to be given to the teacher concerned.
  4. All records of observation lessons will be made available to the beginning teachers concerned.
  5. All records of observation lessons will be destroyed or become the property of the beginning teacher upon full registration.

viii.  To be considered for registration a teacher will have to have been employed at a school for a period of two years of not less than eight weekly teaching half days (20 hours) per week.

  1. A previously registered teacher’s suitability for registration will be considered at a meeting of the Principal and supervisory teacher of the teacher concerned. Regard will be given to the following criteria:

a)      Personal professional qualities

b)      Relationships with students

c)      Planning and preparation

d)      Subject competence

e)      Teaching techniques and class management

f)        Overall contribution towards the school

  1. At the satisfactory completion of the above exercise, a recommendation, supported by a statement from the school, will be forwarded to New Zealand Teachers Council (NZTC).
    1. A teacher seeking registration must apply to the NZTC on the appropriate form.

2.0 Teachers previously registered

  1. To help facilitate a staff member maintaining their own registration status, a database of renewal dates for registration will be held by the school administration staff.
  2. If a teaching staff member’s registration lapses, the teacher appraisal process will provide the necessary information to confirm a member’s eligibility for renewal of registration. This process will be monitored by the Principal or Principal’s delegate.
3.0  Limited Authority to Teach (LAT)

There are some situations where it may be possible to teach at a school without being a registered teacher.

If a school cannot find an appropriately qualified and registered teacher to teach a specialist subject or to teach in a specialist area, that school can apply for a limited authority to teach (LAT).  LAT is granted to a school to fill a specialised position for a specific period of time (usually up to twelve months, but in some specific cases it could be up to three years).

Some examples of when a LAT may be granted are when schools cannot find qualified, registered teachers who are fluent in Maori; or specialist music, dance and foreign language teachers; or teachers with specialist trade training; or teachers who can bring other academic, cultural or spiritual expertise that a particular Principal requires. 

The rules governing LAT and registered teachers apply to all curriculum areas and all schools.  

It is important to note that

  • A LAT is granted to a specific person, for a specific position and for a specific period in a specific school.  A person teaching under a LAT does not have authority to teach in any other position or any other school. 

  • A LAT is granted for a limited time (usually a year and with specific criteria to a maximum of three years).  Each LAT is a new application.  A person who has previously held a LAT can apply again.  The criteria and policy at the time will be used to assess it.

  • Applications for LAT are considered on a case by case basis.  

  • A person teaching under a LAT will be paid on a lower pay scale than a registered teacher.   While someone teaching under a LAT will have specialist technical skills they are untrained and unqualified teachers, and are paid as such by the Ministry of Education.

  • Teaching under a LAT does not help you become a registered teacher.  The only way that you can become a registered teacher is to complete an approved teaching qualification.  Having LAT teaching experience does not count towards a teaching qualification in any way.  Some people employed on LATs are completing a distance initial teacher education programme.  With such a programme they are still required to do practicum and must get release from their school to complete practicums outside of their home school.  


This policy will be reviewed as part of the Board’s cycle of review/schedule

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