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'A' for Accept; 'R' for Reject - The Alphabet for Selecting and Promoting Teachers

Ken Adey

Applying for a new teaching job in New Zealand and Australia used to be pretty cut and dried - the best qualified was selected and appointed by the Education Department. Times change. In New Zealand all appointments are now in the hands of Boards of Trustees. In Victoria the community has a hand in choosing school principals.
The new New Zealand system is akin to the procedure commonly followed in appointing teachers to vacant posts in state primary and secondary schools in England and Wales. British experience can throw light on how parent trustees and other board members should go about choosing a new teacher.

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