Thank you for your patience as we continue to review and update our forms, templates, guidance, and other information following the lifting of the COVID-19 vaccination updates. In the meantime, our Advisory and Support Centre is available to discuss any governance or employment matters on 0800 782 435, or alternatively by email  –  (for employment advice) or  (for governance advice).

Trial and probationary periods

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Currently, trial and probationary periods are not included in the collective agreements (CAs) for school staff. Therefore, adding a trial period for employees covered by the CAs or on promulgated individual employment agreements (IEAs) based on those CAs would require concurrence. Concurrence is approval granted by the Ministry of Education for terms or conditions outside those covered by CAs or IEAs.

For employees who are not covered by the terms and conditions of a CA or promulgated IEA, those employment agreements already require the concurrence of the Secretary for Education.

If you are considering a trial or probationary period, first refer to:

Employment contact

For all employment enquiries, either:

email, or

call 0800 782 435 (option 2)

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