Fees and levies pre-consultation
During September and October, a series of pre-consultation hui were held with key stakeholders, including unions and peak bodies. Altogether 39 individuals from 28 organisations including NZEI, PPTA, NZPF and SPANZ attended one or both hui. You can find the complete list of attendees in the resources section, below. The purpose of the hui was to seek feedback to help shape the design of a thorough consultation process with teachers on Teaching Council fees and levies, and to share detailed information on the Council’s activities and costs. A separate hui with the Teaching Council’s ITE Advisory Group (ITEAG) in November included an overview of the Council’s activities and costs, particularly those related to the Council’s ITE activities. This feedback is also included in the tables summarising feedback themes.
What was discussed?
The agenda for the two hui were wide-ranging and included the opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions, make comments, and to provide feedback.
In session one, we gave a financial overview, and an update on the Education and Training (Teaching Council Fees, Levies, and Costs) Amendment Bill. The Council’s proposed two-step approach to consultation on fees and levies was also discussed, stakeholders partook in a breakout session to provide feedback on a proposed approach to consultation and what a well-designed process for consulting on fees and levies would look like.
In session two stakeholders discussed the role of the Teaching Council and its strategic goals. Similarly, in session one, a financial overview was given, and we discussed the fees and levies consultation plan. The stakeholders also participated in a deep dive on Teaching Council activities and costs. A separate hui with the Teaching Council’s ITE Advisory Group (ITEAG) in November included an overview of the Council’s activities and costs, particularly those related to the Council’s ITE activities. This feedback is also included in the tables summarising feedback themes.
Our Governing Council received a summary of the pre-consultation discussions and stakeholder feedback on 25 November. They are hoping to carefully consider the feedback from stakeholders and communicate the next steps to teachers and stakeholders in December ahead of any consultation on increased fees and levies in 2022.