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One of the Council’s legislative requirements is to consult with teachers | kaiako, the Minister of Education, and the public to develop a plan setting out its strategic direction for the next five years. The strategic direction must also be reviewed at least every three years.

We are of the view that the current plan is essentially sound and fit for purpose. The vision, goals, and priorities remain aspirational and, while we are making progress towards them, more effort is needed to embed our aims. At the same time, the Council will continue to look for efficiencies and improve the effectiveness of the organisation.

We are therefore recommending a light-touch refresh of the current plan. We are seeking your thoughts about the general direction, and specific feedback on the proposed priority actions and activities. The proposed changes have been incorporated into the draft new Strategic Plan.

We have highlighted two particular areas to underpin the next Strategic Plan:

  • supporting the active engagement of teachers | kaiako in their professional organisation
  • reflecting the commitment to being a Tiriti-led organisation.

We have suggested some re-wording in the goals and actions and updating of priority actions (to reflect progress in the priority action area, where continuity is required, or where new initiatives are proposed).

The proposed text of the draft strategic plan is set out in our Draft Strategic Plan 2022-2027.

Most of the suggested changes are minor wording changes, and we have highlighted where more significant changes have been made, such as new activities. If you wish to review the current Strategic Plan you can check it here: Our Path to the Future: Strategic Plan 2019 — 2024 Refresh.

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As part of the strategic plan review, we first looked back to see where we have come from. Considerable progress has been made towards meeting the goals and priorities of the Strategic Plan over the last three years.

Key steps towards meeting these goals include:

  • new requirements for ITE programmes were introduced in 2019 — most programmes now approved
  • new streamlined Registration Policy, including Evidence-Based Language Competency Policy Requirements
  • all applications for registration and renewal of practising certificates now 100% online, with 65% of renewals completed in 5 working days (down from 20 working days)
  • development and launch of the Professional Growth Cycle, to replace appraisals
  • progressing changes to conduct and competence processes
  • launch of Rauhuia | Leadership Space
  • launch of Unteach Racism
  • ECE endorsement for overseas trained teachers | kaiako
  • nationwide workshops and suite of online resources for Tapasā: Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners.

Then we reviewed the key elements that make up the strategy and found they still speak to our direction and purpose: they are aspirational and long-term and still relevant for our ongoing mahi. We feel that the vision, goals, and actions, and our service promise are still largely fit for purpose and could be retained in a refreshed plan. Retaining them provides continuity of our direction and allows us to take key projects and initiatives on to the next stage of implementation.

Thirdly, our recent conversations and engagement with teachers | kaiako and stakeholders identified some areas as important for the next five years, which have been reflected in our proposed refresh, including:

  • strengthening the capability of teachers | kaiako to lead inclusive teaching practices
  • strengthening pathways for enrolment in initial teacher | kaiako education programmes, in teacher | kaiako registration for speakers of Pacific languages, and to support Pacific bilingual and immersion settings (this also aligns with the Ministry of Education’s Action Plan for Pacific Education and National Education and Learning Priorities - NELP)
  • extending the Unteach Racism resources to include confronting and dismantling racism (this also aligns with the Early Learning Action Plan and NELP)
  • refreshing both our Code | Ngā Tikanga Matatika and Standards | Ngā Paerewa as they have been in place for five years
  • continuing to engage with teachers | kaiako and stakeholders to explore ways to highlight the role of teaching as a profession, with a focus on mana and teacher | kaiako wellbeing.

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