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October | Oketopa | Whiringa-ā-nuku 
Announcement: Professional Growth Cycle for principals, tumuaki and ECE professional leaders 
Financial implications for the fee change 
Who pays for Rauhuia | Leadership Space
What we want to achieve through Rauhuia | Leadership Space 
How do I stand or nominate someone in the 2022 Board Elections? 
How do I get an Education Sector Login (ESL)? 
What's on at the Teaching Council 
Have your say: Early Learning Regulatory Review Consultation 
Your Governing Council at work 

Tēnā koe

As we begin the slow transition back into a warmer, lighter reality, I’d like to acknowledge the many teachers and professional leaders who spent September in lockdown. We appreciate all the work you continue to do while we navigate these unusual times. 

September also saw the celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori! It’s heartening to see so many teachers, tumuaki and kaiako embracing te reo Māori, and introducing new kupu into your schools, kura and centers. Ka mau te wehi!   

The Council's on a journey towards being a Te Tiriti-based organisation, including genuinely using te reo Māori. We appreciate there are kupu from both the Māori language (ngā marama o te tau) and kupu arotau (loan words). We understand that although both are acceptable to use, many reo Māori speakers will have a preference of using one or the other. Therefore, to acknowledge this, I am proposing to use kupu from both the official language, and loan words, when introducing the month of the year in our Matatū newsletters. We hope this will help to better represent the different perspectives of te reo Māori and help you on your own te reo Māori journey, by introducing new kupu. 

For primary and secondary, we hope you're getting some down time in the school holidays. And for those working in ECE centres, we know your work continues; however, don’t forget the Christmas holidays are right around the corner! 

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koe 

Noho ora mai 
Lesley Hoskin 
Chief Executive 

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Your professional practice

Announcement: Professional Growth Cycle for principals, tumuaki and ECE professional leaders 

We are pleased to announce the Professional Growth Cycle (PGC) for principals, tumuaki and early childhood education (ECE) professional leaders in all sectors and settings!

This PGC has been developed with our working group of stakeholder representatives from across the sectors. Much like the PGC for teachers, this will reposition The Standards| Ngā Paerewa within everyday holistic practice.


The key changes focus on a shift to a higher trust model with reduced compliance activity and place value on participation in professional learning networks. Like the teachers’ PGC, the elements, found on our website here, support principals, tumuaki Māori and ECE professional leaders to focus on professional growth in each unique setting. The PGC is also designed to accommodate any current, and effective, appraisal arrangements that relate to professional aspects of these roles and the (related but different) employment aspects.

Our next steps include further conversations with the profession regarding the roles and activities within a PGC. We will continue our collaborations with partner agencies who have responsibilities in this area to ensure that the transition to the PGC achieves the intended benefits across the profession.

Preparation and Timeline 

Our FAQs, found on our website here, should assist you to familiarise yourself with the PGC for principals, tumuaki and ECE professional leaders in all sectors and settings. 

We have a flexible implementation timeline. You may begin the change now, or at the start of 2022, or implement it in your setting at the start of 2023.  

For up to date information on PGC, please follow this link to our website. 

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Financial implications for the fee change 

As you may know, in June the High Court quashed the Teaching Council’s increase in fees. We are aware that this will be causing some uncertainty for teachers.   

What does this decision mean for you? The short answer is that everything has now returned to how it was before 1 February 2021. All practising certificates issued between 1 February and 12 July 2021 are deemed to have been issued for three years, and the fee for those certificates is reset to the fee previously in place. 

Depending on what kind of practising certificate or Limited Authority to Teach was issued, this means that some teachers and professional leaders paid less than the previous fee, and some paid more. We are currently in the process of contacting those teachers who paid more to organise refunds.  

For those teachers who paid less than the previous fee, you should expect to hear from us via email prior to Christmas with details on the top-up amount owed, and how to pay. For most teachers and professional leaders the top-up amount owed will be $63.80, but this may vary according to the type of practising certificate held. 
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Who pays for Rauhuia | Leadership Space?

We’d like to reiterate that the work on the Rauhuia | Leadership Space has been, and continues to be fully funded by grants and contract funds from the Ministry of Education, and is not funded from teacher fees.

The government recognises the importance of this mahi and supports us in funding its development and implementation. More on what we want to achieve with Rauhuia | Leadership Space, below!
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What we want to achieve through Rauhuia | Leadership Space

Professional leader and teacher leadership has the potential to answer some of the most vexing educational issues we face.

Rauhuia | Leadership Space serves as a tūāpapa, a foundation, to help teachers unleash the power of their leadership in the lives of children, young people and the community.

Rauhuia | Leadership Space aspires for all teachers and those in role-based leadership positions to: 

  • have the opportunity to grow their leadership capability and lead through values 
  • build new knowledge about effective leadership through partnerships 
  • easily find and participate in a range of networks relevant to their learning goals 
  • be engaged in work to address significant issues, advocating, and participating in problem-solving at local and national levels. 

For more information on how to get involved with the Rauhuia | Leadership Space, including our leadership strategy and resources, head to our website, here. To let us know your thoughts on how we can shape Rauhuia | Leadership Space, please send us an email, here. 
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How do I stand or nominate someone in the 2022 Board Elections?

The Teaching Council elections run from November 2021 – February 2022, and there are lots of important key dates along the way, which you will find on our website, here. 

The process can be broken into two phases: the nominations phase and the voting phase. The nominations phase comes first and runs from 1 November 2021 and closes on 30 December 2021. Candidate nominations require either nominating someone else, or nominating yourself, to stand in the Board elections. 

To stand, candidates must submit a resumé and may submit a profile statement and photo with their nomination paper. Each of the elected members must be a registered teacher holding a current practising certificate, and working in either the ECE, primary or secondary sector. 

A nomination of a person as an elected candidate is not valid unless the person who made the nomination is:  

  • entitled to vote; and  

  • currently (or was most recently) employed in the same sector as the candidate they are nominating; and  

the nomination has to be seconded by a person who:  

  • is entitled to vote; and  

  • is currently (or was most recently) employed in the same sector as the employed candidate whose nomination they are seconding; and 

  • is not the person who nominated the candidate 

From 1 November 2021, a nomination can be made on the appropriate nomination form, by either downloading from the Election Services website, here, phoning 0800 922 822, or emailing

With the candidate nominations fast approaching, we will be sharing FAQs, along with the election handbook on our website, from 1 November 2021. 

In the meantime, you will find all up to date information on the Teaching Council Board Election section of our website, here. 
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Registration and certification

How do I get an Education Sector Login (ESL)?

As we head towards the end of the year, it’s a good chance refresh your knowledge on how to get an Education Sector Login (ESL)! 

The quick-access log in button is located at the right-hand corner in the top navigation bar on Hapori Matatū, here. You will need to use your ESL username and password to log into Hapori Matatū. If you need to apply for an ESL account, please refer to your current working arrangement, below:

  • School/Kura: Please see your school/kura ESL Delegated Authoriser who will help you apply for an ESL account. 

  • Not currently teaching or a day-to-day reliever: If you are not currently teaching at a school/kura/centre, ITE provider, or other approved setting or are a day-to-day reliever teacher, you can contact the Teaching Council Customer Support Team on (04) 471 0852 to gain access to Hapori Matatū. 

  • Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) holder: Contact the principal of the school you are going to teach in and ask for the school's Delegated Authoriser. The Delegated Authoriser will be able to send you an invite to create an ESL account with the LAT role. Once you have an ESL username and password, use it to log into Hapori Matatū.

  • Tertiary institution: If you are a registered teacher working in tertiary education, please fill in the ESL02 form on the Ministry of Education website, here. 

You can find more information on our website, here. 
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What's on at the Teaching Council

Unteach Racism Webinar 

To help you on your Unteach Racism journey, we’ve created a webinar with information about the ins and outs of the Unteach Racism app, website and resources. This is a great chance to learn about the foundation of Unteach Racism, so that you’re equipped to continue your journey through your own professional learning! Please click here to view the webinar on the Unteach Racism website (scroll to the bottom of the page titled 'Webinars', instructions to use will be on the website). 

Professional Growth Cycle webinar series 

Our Professional Growth Cycle (PGC) webinar series, which was postponed due to Covid, have now been rescheduled, and include opportunities to connect with other teachers and leaders. Please click here to register for one of the following: 

  • Casual relievers and the PGC 

  • The PGC: Where are you up to now? An opportunity to check in with others and share your journey 

  • Getting started: learn about the fundamentals of the PGC, and how conversations and observations can shape your growth 

Huitopa Tupuranga Ngaio, rēhita mai
He wānanga mō te hunga whakaako, kia kounga, kia ngaio hoki te tū o te kaiako, o te pouako, o te kaihautū, o te tumuaki tonu i roto i tōna ake kura arareo o te rāngai Māori. Ko te kaupapa ‘Tupuranga Ngaio’ ka whai take ki te katoa o ngā kaiwhakaako kua rēhitatia i Aotearoa whānui tonu. Nā konā, kua āta whakaritea tētahi tūāhua whakangungu ā-ipurangi hei āwhina, hei tautoko, hei ārahi hoki i ngā whakaritenga e mau ana i te mana Māori motuhake o tō ake kura arareo, arā, ko tēnā ki tōna tuakiri ake, ko tēnā ki tōna, ko tēnā ki tōna. Kia rēhita mai Tupuranga Ngaio : Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand 

Myles Ferris’ hikoi across the motu 

Our tumuaki-in-residence, Myles Ferris is running a series of consultation hui designed to identify what you consider to be the priorities for, and the current barriers you face in your leadership journey. He is also holding a separate information hui around the Professional Growth Cycle (PGC) for principals, tumuaki and ECE professional leaders. Join Myles and members of the Teaching Council in real consultation to identify how you want educational leadership and professional growth to look in Aotearoa.

If you would like to register, please click the relevant link under the location you wish to attend (please keep in mind, these events are dependent on Covid-19 alert levels): 

Ruatoria, 19 October 

Gisborne, 20 October 

Wairoa, 21 October 

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Have your say: Early Learning Regulatory Review Consultation

Public consultation on Tranche Two of the Early Learning Regulatory Review is ending soon, on 13 October! The Teaching Council are writing a submission, and we encourage ECE teachers, centre managers and others in the profession to engage with this Ministry consultation, too. 
Detailed discussion documents as well as short summaries and surveys on each of the proposals can be found on the Ministry of Education website, here. 
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Your Governing Council at Work


At the September hui, your Governing Council:

  • Met with stakeholders to discuss how to consult on the proposed fees increase, and the Teaching Council’s Strategic plan which sets the direction for the next five years 
  • Discussed climate change and the opportunity for the Teaching Council to be part of an international advisory panel in this area, allowing the Council access to leading information and advice 
  • Approved the revised Rules for Teacher’s Education Refresh, which will be Gazetted shortly  
  • Discussed and approved the Initial Teacher Education Report, to be finalised and digitally published shortly 

The Governing Council advisory groups  

In addition to the monthly Board meetings, your Governing Council have appointed four advisory groups (AG) to ensure they are well informed:  

  • Early Childhood Education Advisory Group (ECEAG)  

  • Māori Medium Advisory Group (MMAG)  

  • Pacific Education Advisory Group (PSEAG)  

  • Teaching Council Inclusive Education Advisory Group (TCIEAG) 

Members in each group range from 6 to 10 from across the sector, and are selected by the Governing Council when expression of interests are called. Each group advises and makes recommendations to the Governing Council in respect of the Teaching Council’s roles and responsibilities relating to their areas of expertise.

We’ll be sharing information and discussions from the advisory groups in our Matatū newsletters moving forward. So, keep an eye out here for more info! 
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