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Teaching Council to play vital role in reform of Tomorrow's Schools system

12 November 2019

The release of the Government’s report, ‘Supporting all schools to succeed’, will see the Teaching Council leading the work to strengthen leadership in the teaching profession.

Teaching Council Board Chair Nicola Ngarewa believes leadership is critical to achieving educational equity and excellence for all children and young people and is excited to see the Government’s commitment to growing leadership capability and capacity.

The report supports the Teaching Council’s continued role in strengthening leadership, with an invitation from the Government to the Council to establish a Leadership Centre. This collective work between the profession and Government will guide leadership development decisions that will grow and support the profession for the future. Having established the Leadership Strategy and Educational Leadership Capability Framework for the teaching profession in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2018, the Council looks forward to continuing work in this area.

Nicola also adds, “it’s exciting to be part of the Tomorrow’s Schools refresh, as things have changed considerably in the last 30 years, from technology to how teachers adapt their practice to meet the needs of every learner. 

"The Council being invited by the Government to establish the Leadership Centre recognises the work of both the Council and the profession in shaping the Leadership Strategy which we began in 2016.”

The report also recommends the formation of a new independent body to address the complaints and disputes students and whānau have not been able to resolve with schools. However, this will not change the Council’s role around conduct or competence of teachers.

“Complaints about the conduct or competence of registered teachers or authority holders, will still be referred to the Teaching Council. This is an important part of our role as the professional body for teachers. All teachers are expected to meet the Code of Professional Responsibility for Teachers and Standards for the Profession to ensure safe and high-quality leadership, teaching, and learning for children and young people and to raise the status of the profession,” says Nicola.

The Teaching Council is excited to be taking a greater role in the compulsory schooling system through these changes to Tomorrow’s Schools.

Read more: Tomorrow's Schools Review Government Response

For more information please contact: 

Allison Hess 

Media advisor 

Phone: 021 191 8928