Expressions of interest are now closed for 2017's round of ACET recognition. See the timeline on TeachNZ.

What is Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher recognition?

Are you a great classroom practitioner? Do you have highly skilled practitioners in your school who could qualify for recognition as an Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher (ACET)? 
Eligible teachers can receive an allowance in recognition of their exemplary practice.

Why become an ACET teacher?

ACETs receive an additional $5,000 per year on top of their existing salary. This offers a career development option that allows great teachers to stay in the classroom.

Q1 and Q2 teachers who gain ACET recognition are entitled to progress beyond their qualification maxima to Q3 max (step 11) on the salary scale. This is in addition to receiving the $5,000 pa allowance. Progress through the steps to the max step will be on an annual basis.

How does ACET recognition benefit schools?

Schools report that ACET recognition brings a range of benefits:

“Our teachers have enjoyed the challenging process of ACET, particularly in understanding the difference, through reflection and analysis, they make to children’s lives through their quality teaching. The feedback they have received from children, parents and colleagues who have provided references for them to support their applications, has been uplifting and empowering.”

Andrew Bird, principal, Muritai School

“The clear links between the ACET professional criteria and teachers’ appraisal documentation means teachers are required to maintain a focus in many areas: in particular with 'priority learners' and evidencing positive learning outcomes for all students in the New Zealand Curriculum. They also maintain expertise and links between theory and its application to practice. This benefits the school as a whole when teaching and learning is shared collaboratively.”

Deborah Fenton, deputy principal, Island Bay School

What’s next?

If you're thinking about applying for ACET recognition, have a conversation with your principal about your eligibility and professional readiness. You can find more information about the process on the TeachNZ website.