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Overseas Trained Teachers Support (OTTs with provisional certification)

Target audience - OTTs working towards moving from provisional (Tōmua) certification to full (Tūturu) certification, teaching in schools (teaching years 1-13)
Given the Covid environment, it is difficult to ascertain the number of OTTs requiring support with their induction and mentoring programme in 2022.

Please assist us in finding OTTs so we can provide workshops in the most suitable locations. If you haven’t already registered as an OTT with us please do so here.

To aid OTTs (and their mentors) in tailoring their I & M programme to focus on teaching in the New Zealand context we are offering in 2022:
OTT face to face workshops
Targeted support for schools/clusters of schools
Tailored support for individual OTTs
Cluster Zoom sessions arranged to meet OTT identified interest and request
Topic-specific Zoom Sessions (60-90 minutes) on a range of specific topics Cluster Zoom sessions arranged to meet OTT identified interest and request
e PCT online self-chosen PLD modules

OTT workshops

Workshops are designed to make the most of the knowledge and experience OTTs bring to teaching in Aotearoa/New Zealand and are structured to include as many opportunities for participants to share learning and resources and network with each other. They also offer up to date information about what is needed for them to move from provisional certification (Tōmua) to full certification (Tūturu).


  • Workshops usually run from 9.00 am - 3.00 pm but times vary in some locations.
  • Further locations will be added if sufficient numbers of OTTs are found.
  • There are no enrolment costs for these workshops.
  • Delivery will be modified should Covid alert levels change.

OTT Workshop 1 (term 1) Te Reo, Tikanga Māori and Culturally Responsive Teaching

This workshop focussed on Tikanga, Te Reo Māori and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.

Te Reo Māori
Introductory level phrases and vocabulary
Correct pronunciation
Introduce yourself using Te Reo Māori

Tikanga Māori
Introduction to Te Āo Māori (The Māori World)
Gain an understanding of Māori cultural concepts & protocols as they relate to the school setting

Culturally Responsive Teaching Practice
What is it?
How does it impact on my practice?
What support resources are available to me?
Next steps in growing cultural competence.

Auckland2 March
Wellington9 March
Christchurch16 March

Please click here to register.

OTT Workshop 2 (term 2) Developing Understanding of the NZC

This workshop recognises the skills the OTTs bring to the NZ Education System. It aims to develop their understanding of the nature of education in Aotearoa, New Zealand and the New Zealand Curriculum.

NZC – the essence of the document
Vision, values, principles and key competencies,
An overview of the learning areas
What do these elements look like in your school?
The role and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees

Effective pedagogy
Creating a supportive learning environment
Engaging reflective thought and action
Enhancing the relevance of new learning
Facilitating shared learning
Making connections to prior learning and experience
Providing sufficient opportunities to learn

Teaching as Inquiry
Links to Teaching as Inquiry with the student at the centre
Naturally occurring evidence for the Standards for the Teaching Profession

Progress and Achievement
Formative and summative assessment practices
Introduction to assessment tools according to Primary/Secondary contexts (including PACT, the learning progressions and NCEA, NMSSA data and Insights Reports)
Resources to support special education and the needs of diverse students

Auckland10 June
Wellington10 May
Christchurch14 June

Please click here to register.

OTT Workshop 3 (term 3) Delving Deeper: Design for Learning and the NZC

This workshop aims to develop OTT’s understanding of the NZC and supporting documents; Tātaiko, Tapasā and the Local Curriculum Guides. It delves into the ‘back half’ of the document and provides support for teachers to develop teaching and learning programmes by examining the relationship between the concepts in the front and the objectives at the back. This approach develops a curriculum that is localized and puts the student at the centre.

Unpacking Tātaiako, Tapasā & Teaching as Inquiry (TaI) in more depth
Unpacking Tātaiako and Tapasā
The links to Teaching as Inquiry and the connections between teacher practice and the Standards for the Teaching Profession

Unpacking Planning - links to curriculum
Connections to the Key Competencies
Exploring and developing the NZC, starting with a Māori lens via Tātaiako
Exploring and developing the NZC, incorporating a Pasifika lens via Tapasā
Assessment; exploring the variety of assessment procedures and tasks available, focusing first on the primary purpose of assessment
Assessment for learning and indicators of progress

Localising your curriculum
Exploring resources to support a localized curriculum i.e. TKI, ePCT modules, Local Curriculum Guides and Te Takanga o te Wā and making the learning and assessment authentic.

Auckland18 August
Wellington7 September
Christchurch8 September

Please click here to register.

OTTs are also eligible to attend PCT Primary & Secondary Workshops 1 & 2. Here is the link with the information.

Targeted support for schools and clusters of schools with multiple numbers of OTTs

We have some funding available for facilitators to work with individual schools and clusters of schools, providing tailored support within the Induction and Mentoring programme.

This support is usually provided in locations where it is difficult for OTTs and mentors to access our face to face workshops, for reasons such as large numbers of OTTs within a school unable to be released simultaneously or geographic location, and where existing clusters/groups of schools exist.

To register your interest please click here.

Tailored support for individual OTTs

If you are:

  • an OTT with extraordinary circumstances
  • an OTT with a question
  • an OTT looking to join a zoom group to talk with other OTTs

…and would like to talk with one of our facilitators, fill in the details and a facilitator will contact you.

OTT Cluster Zooms

Meeting the specific needs of OTTs. Clusters are formed based on suggestions from OTTs.
Some clusters will be led by ESS facilitators and others from within the OTT group.
Register your interest and list the potential clusters you are interested in here.

Some potential clusters currently being developed are:
Secondary Science cluster
Primary Teacher Cluster
General: registration, mentoring and visas
Student agency
New Zealand History

An OTT closed facebook page has been established. To join email Libby Paterson at

Topic-specific Zoom sessions

PCTs, OTTs (with provisional certification) and their mentors (mentor teachers, PCT coordinators, SCTs, HoDs and school leaders ) teaching in English medium schools Years 1 – 13 are invited to join a zoom to gather information about a range of topics relevant to your Induction and Mentoring programme.

Sessions :

  • are repeated on numerous days throughout the year
  • run from 4.00-5.00/5.30pm
  • usually follow the format of facilitator presentation, breakout room discussion, whole group Q&A
  • are not recorded (for privacy reasons)

Please enrol in 1 date only per topic

TopicDates offered
Assessment Practices for OTTs Teaching in Primary Schools5 April; 28 June
20 September; 8 November
Assessment Practices for OTTs Teaching in Secondary Schools29 April; 9 June
9 August; 27 October

To enrol for one of these zoom sessions click here.

OTTs can also attend zooms, about a range of topics relevant to your I&M programme, offered to all PCTs view here


e PCT is self-directed, self-paced  PLD designed to specifically meet the needs of OTTs and mentors.  Choose from the range of interactive online modules to meet your PLD needs as, and when, they arise. View details here.