Limited Authority to Teach
A Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) allows a person who cannot be registered and certificated to be employed in a teaching position in a specified situation temporarily. It is not a form of registration or practising certificate. LATs may be used to cover teaching positions in a variety of roles. They should only be used in the case where a certificated teacher with the required specific skills can’t be found for the role.
A LAT is not transferable. This means it can only be used for the purposes for which it was granted, which is named on the approval letter.
A LAT is not an extension to the 10 full days that a person can teach without holding a practising certificate or authorisation from the Education Council – it is an authorisation for a specific role and person in a specific situation for a specified time period. A person who holds a LAT cannot be permanently appointed to a teaching position.
Who can apply for a LAT?
LATs are granted for people who will hold a teaching position over the period of a contract.
LATs are not for people working as teacher aides, kaiarahi i te reo/kaiawhina or other such support role, as these are not considered teaching positions. The Education Council will not grant an authority to anyone who is already eligible for registration and a practising certificate – they must go through the normal certification process.
Durations and fees for LAT applications
LATs are granted for limited periods. There is a fee for applications.
How to apply
A Limited Authority to Teach is applied for by the person needing it, with a Limited Authority to Teach (EC40) form.
The application must be endorsed by a fully certificated principal or professional leader of a school or kura. An application should be made well before it is needed, and extra time allowed to arrange the endorsement.