Primary teachers' sabbatical

The Primary Teachers' Sabbatical is a period of 10 school weeks' paid leave for you to undertake professional learning, reflection and rejuvenation. Each year there are 50 sabbaticals available to teachers, in state or state-integrated primary schools, covered by the Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement (PTCA).

Applications for the 2023 Primary Teachers' Sabbaticals' are closed. Notifications will be sent on 9 September 2022.

The Frequently Asked Questions can be found here

Am I eligible for a Primary Teachers’ Sabbatical?

If you wish to apply for a Primary Teachers' Sabbatical you must:

  • be employed as a primary teacher in a New Zealand state or state-integrated school
  • have support from your school's principal and board of trustees or employer
  • hold a full and current practising certificate
  • have completed at least five years' service as a teacher, at least three of which must have been spent in New Zealand state or state-integrated schools
  • be employed under the PTCA or applicable Individual Employment Agreement (IEA).

Preference is given to applicants who have not received a study award or sabbatical in the last five years.

Apply for a Primary Teachers' Sabbatical

The application form includes guidelines on the types of professional learning that might be appropriate for a sabbatical and how your application will be assessed.

Previous recipients’ professional learning

You can read previous recipients' sabbatical reports here.

Contact Us

We're here to help. If you can't find the answer you're looking for in the application guidelines, get in touch with us by calling 0800 165 225 or email

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