This report explores the support that early career teachers | kaiako (ECT|K) in English-medium early childhood education, primary, and secondary centres need. It includes an examination of aspects of the mentoring process that are working well for both ECT|K and their mentors and suggests ways this support could be improved.
Additionally, the study included a specific focus on the experiences of Māori and Pacific ECT|K working in English-medium centres. These teachers had many commonalities with other ECT|K, as well as unique differences that are explored.
The following research questions guided this project:
1) What are the critical needs of early career teachers and kaiako, including PCTs, OTTs, and teachers returning to the workforce, particularly within the first 2 years of teaching?
2) Are there any gaps in our knowledge of this topic, and how could we fill those gaps?
2a) What is known about meeting the critical needs of early career teachers from national and international research?
2b) What does the literature tell us about how well current models are meeting the needs of early career teachers and kaiako in Aotearoa New Zealand?
2c) What do early career teachers, kaiako, and mentors tell us about how well current models are meeting the needs of early career teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand?
3. How can mentors of early career teachers in education centres be supported to grow the capability of early career teachers and kaiakoe?
This report was produced by NZCER for the Ministry of Education, based on data collected in 2022 and published in 2023.