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Leadership Strategy taonga for the teaching profession

28 August 2018

Today the Education Council launched the Leadership Strategy for the teaching profession of Aotearoa New Zealand, developed collaboratively with the teaching profession.

The Leadership Strategy signals a new approach by giving opportunity for the growth and development of leadership capability to all registered teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is relevant to teachers in positional and non-positional roles from early childhood, schooling, and other professional settings, across English and Māori medium. Along with the companion document the Educational Leadership Capability Framework, the Leadership Strategy is steeped in both international and Aotearoa New Zealand evidence.

The Educational Leadership Capability Framework was developed by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. It clarifies the capabilities needed for effective leadership across different contexts of the profession, giving all teachers a practical guide to identify, grow and develop their leadership capability.

At the launch attended by the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, and education sector stakeholders, the Minister emphasised the Government’s commitment to supporting teachers in the development of their leadership capability.

 “I am sure that the ground-breaking ideas and guidance presented in this Leadership Strategy will be an essential component of teachers’ success.”

The Leadership Strategy presents a genuinely New Zealand vision of leadership and builds on the foundations of earlier work, said Education Council Board Chair, Barbara Ala’alatoa.

“The Strategy and Framework guidance will assist teachers to change and adapt their leadership practice in their teaching journey; now and in the future.”

Ms Ala’alatoa also said the Leadership Strategy has been eagerly anticipated by the profession.

“We acknowledge the many teachers and sector stakeholders who have been involved in the conversations that have shaped its development over the past two years. The Leadership Strategy is a taonga for the profession.”

Find out more about the Leadership Strategy and Educational Leadership Capability Framework.