The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand is the professional body for teachers. 

We work with and for more than 100,000 registered and certificated teachers in New Zealand, in early childhood, primary and secondary schooling and in English and Māori medium settings. 

The Teaching Council’s purpose is to ensure safe and high-quality leadership, teaching and learning for children and young people. We do this by ensuring teachers are competent, fit to practice and accountable for the way in which they teach. 

Our functions are set out in legislation. The fees teachers pay to be registered and certificated fund us. 

Many professional bodies in New Zealand play a solely regulatory function for their members but the Teaching Council is more than just a regulatory body. 

We are responsible for: 

  • Registering and certificating New Zealand teachers 
  • Keeping a register of all teachers 
  • Protecting the reputation of the teaching profession 
  • Setting standards for teacher practice and behaviour 
  • Promoting continuous learning for teachers so their skills are up to date 
  • Enhancing leadership for all teachers 
  • Managing concerns about conduct or competence 
  • Making sure teacher students and new teachers get the right training (by approving and monitoring Initial Teacher Education) 

The Council is one part of the education system and we work closely with teachers, leaders, education academics, the Ministry of Education, unions, associations and other education organisations. 

Registration and certification

We check teachers’ qualifications, teaching experience, Police vet, and that they are meeting the standards set for the profession. This is a way of ensuring quality of teaching.  Holding registration and a practising certificate shows the public, learners and fellow teachers that they are the best people for educating children and young people. 

Teacher capability and leadership and advocacy

We maintain and support teachers to use the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Tikanga Matatika, Ngā Paerewa, review and monitor teacher training programmes, facilitate a vision for leadership through the Leadership Strategy, and more. 

As an independent body we speak up on behalf of the profession on big issues that affect teachers, for example physical restraint in schools. We use teachers’ expert opinion to influence legislation and policy.  

Managing teacher conduct and competence

We investigate when a mandatory report or complaint is submitted alleging misconduct or competence issues. This is to ensure all learners, parents, whānau, the public and the entire profession can be sure their children are safe, and the reputation of all teachers is safeguarded. Some teachers we support in a rehabilitative way to get back on track, some receive conditions on their practising certificates, while a few teachers face the Disciplinary Tribunal.  

What it costs for the Teaching Council to deliver its functions

We forecast the operating costs for the Teaching Council to deliver its core statutory functions will be $18.3 million for the 2020-21 financial year, broken down as follows:  

  • Managing teacher conduct and competence: $8.4 million per annum.  
  • Initial Teacher Education, teacher capability, leadership, policy and advocacy: $5.0 million per annum. 
  • Registration and Certification: $4.9 million per annum.