Limited Authority to Teach

A Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) allows an unregisterable person to be employed in a teaching position in a specified school/centre temporarily. It is not a form of registration. LATs may be used to cover teaching positions in a variety of roles. They should only be used in the case where a registered teacher can’t be found for the specific role.

A LAT is not transferable. This means it can only be used within the school/centre for the position for which it was granted, except where the position involves an itinerating role and then it is only for the schools/centres named on the approval letter. In these circumstances, the LAT must be applied for at a designated home school/centre and all other schools/centres at which the position applies must be listed on the application.

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 Teachers Council – it is an authorisation for a specific role and person in a specific school for a specified time period.

Who can apply for a LAT?

LATs are granted for people who will hold a teaching position (over the period of the contract) within a particular school/centre.

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 Teachers Council will not grant an authority to anyone who is already eligible for registration – they would need to go through the normal registration process.

Durations and fees for LAT applications

LATs are granted for limited periods. Find out about duration and processing fees

How to apply

A Limited Authority to Teach is applied for by the person needing it, with a a Limited Authority to Teach (TC4) form.

The application must be endorsed by the principal of a school (or senior teacher of a kindergarten) wishing to employ the person. The need for an authority should be anticipated in advance and an application made before the date it is needed. Where an authorised teacher is to be employed in several schools, for example as an itinerant teacher, the endorsement is made by a principal who will be responsible for the performance appraisals.

LAT Policy

The LAT Policy can be found in Section Three of the Registration Policy (PDF).