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Teacher Workplace Survey

Please note: From Term 2 in 2023, the Teacher Workplace Survey will be available through NZCER Assist.

What do the teachers at your school really think about their job and their working conditions?

Which aspects of your school’s culture and working conditions are teachers positive about, and which aspects could be strengthened?

NZCER’s targeted workplace survey will help you find out.

About the Teacher Workplace Survey

The Teacher Workplace survey is designed for all teaching staff (0.5 and above) within your school. Because of the anonymous nature of the survey, schools need at least 5 respondents for the system to be able to generate reports. The survey asks teachers to rate items in five areas:

  • Physical working environment and resources
  • Satisfaction with school
  • School leadership
  • Professional development
  • School organisation

Items in the survey are internationally research-based, and the results are completely anonymous for teachers and confidential to the school.


  • Provides a snapshot picture of what teachers think about their work and their working environment.
  • Gives teachers a forum for expressing their views with absolute confidentiality.
  • Provides an opportunity to look broadly at gathering data within an important component for improving teaching and learning.

Completing the survey online

With the move to NZCER Assist, the Teacher Workplace Survey is completed online and reporting is available as soon as 5 or more staff have responded. Reporting within NZCER Assist is restricted to nominated Assist users to ensure reporting and data is confidential. If you have any questions about administering the survey or who should have access to reports, please contact our team at

Cost Structure

Price for sitting online surveys: Schools will pay a survey subscription depending upon the size of the school:

Band No. of students


Band A 1000+ $500.00
Band B 250-1000 $350.00
Band C Less than 250 $250.00

How to subscribe

Please email our team at to subscribe.

Support and Advice

NZCER has a team of people able to provide a range of ongoing assessment support and advice to schools.

NZCER’s Education Advisors can provide support and challenge for how to use the survey results to define or address the problem for improvement. Head to our Support and Advice page for more information.

For questions or advice on registering, email or call (04) 802 1630.

Relating to research

NZCER, New Zealand and international research consistently point to the importance of working conditions that enable teachers to enjoy their work and to work positively and productively with learners. Most evidence based on framework provided in Teacher Working Conditions that Matter: Evidence for Change (Leithwood, 2006), but other references are also included.

For further information about Teacher Workplace Survey please refer to the TWS Information Pack, call us on (04) 802-1630 or email