National Beginning Teacher Induction Grant

Applications for the 2024 school year National Beginning Teacher Induction Grant (NBT) are now open. 


The NBT is valued at $10,000 (ex GST) and is paid to eligible schools to fund recruitment and structured mentorship of beginning teachers (provisionally certificated teachers), enabling them to “shadow” and be mentored by an experienced teacher before taking on their own class and teaching independently.

To receive the grant, schools must apply for and receive notification of an NBT allocation before employing a beginning teacher. Upon notification of an allocation, schools have three months to employ an eligible beginning teacher to claim payment.

Schools can apply for more than one NBT grant, with a separate application required for each.

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Is our school eligible?

New Zealand state and state-integrated schools meeting one or more of the following criteria are eligible to apply for the NBT:

  • Decile 1-5 schools
  • Severely Isolated Schools
  • Schools that require teachers for te reo Māori as a subject or for the provision of Māori medium education
  • Secondary schools that require teachers for secondary (Years 9-13) STEM subjects

Grants will be allocated to schools who apply and are determined by the Ministry of Education to have met one or more of the eligibility criteria, with applications assessed in the order that they are received. Schools who receive an allocation will have three months from the date of notification to appoint an eligible beginning teacher to a role of twelve months or more, and notify the Ministry of this appointment.

The appointed beginning teacher must meet all of the following criteria:

  • New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • provisionally certificated
  • has not taught (as a qualified teacher) in a school previously (in New Zealand or elsewhere)

Retirement of Decile System – Impact on Eligibility

The phasing out of deciles and the introduction of the new Equity Index will have an impact on a number of Ministry initiatives, including several of our workforce initiatives. To help manage the transition and to minimise impact on schools and kura, our workforce initiatives will continue to use existing eligibility settings, including decile, until the end of the 2023 school year.

Schools/kura who are currently eligible for the National Beginning Teacher Induction Grant due to their decile, or a teacher who works at an eligible school due to its decile, will maintain their eligibility until the end of the 2023 school year.

More information regarding eligibility will be made in 2023 for the 2024 school year as more decisions are made. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at:

 How to apply

Use the application form on the right hand side of this page to apply.

You will be notified of the outcome within 4 weeks of receipt of your application.

Please note, the Ministry of Education will use the information collected on this form together with the information held in Education Service Payroll to:

  • consider your application for a National Beginning Teacher Induction Grant payment
  • administer your payment(s). 

For these purposes, the Ministry of Education may share your information with your employing school and the Inland Revenue Department. The Ministry may contact the Teaching Council to request details of your registration status. The Ministry may also use this information for statistical and research purposes. 

Under the Privacy Act 1993 you have the right to request access to all information held about yourself and to request corrections to that information.

How to claim an NBT payment

Your email notification of an NBT allocation will include a link to the payment claim form. Once you have appointed a beginning teacher, use this link to access the NBT payment claim form.

On this form you will enter the details of the beginning teacher you have appointed (including their MOE number and Teacher Registration number) and submit a GST tax invoice to the Ministry for the grant payment. A description of what is needed on a GST tax invoice is available on the IRD website and an example of a valid GST tax invoice is provided here.

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