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New fee and levy 
Policy Dashboard
Professional Growth Cycle (PGC)
Teaching, School, and Principal Leadership Practices Online Survey
Te Puna Mātauranga - Education Knowledge Lounge
Unteach Racism
Miromiro our Chatbot!
Kia ora,

It's hard to believe its already June and Matariki is here! Not to mention the shortest day is just around the corner on 21 June and then it will start to get lighter again. The year is certainly flying by!

We have a very full newsletter for you this month, with important information on, amongst other things, the new fee and levy, Professional Growth Cycle (PGC), the triage process, and Unteach Racism. It's great to see so many people engaging in Unteach Racism, connecting with the app and working through the various modules.

Thanks for taking the time to read the newsletter.

Acting CE,
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New fee and levy - 11 July

The new fee and levy comes into effect on 11 July. We'd like to remind people they can apply to renew their current certificate up to three months in advance of its expiry date. Eligible teachers who submit a completed online application on or before midday on Sunday 10 July will be able to access the old pricing. Please use the link below to go to Hapori Matatū where you can check your details and complete your renewal application.

Hapori Matatū


Teaching Council website - Fee and levy page


Policy Dashboard

The Policy Dashboard provides an overview of recent Teaching Council | Matatū policy development, the wider education sector policy development and law reform, by providing a snapshot of policies, submissions, analysis, and recommendations. This is one of the important roles we play, on behalf of the profession. Please click on the link below to see the May dashboard.
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Professional Growth Cycles (PGC) 

The Council continues to deliver a range of webinars to support the effective implementation of the Professional Growth Cycle. 

The PGC for Teachers | Kaiako 

Teachers and senior leaders are invited to a three-part webinar series designed to support you to keep the PGC effective, efficient, and focused on outcomes for learners. Participants can attend all three episodes of the series, or individual episodes:

  • Understanding the Standards in your context  (emphasis on PGC Element A)
  • Engaging in professional learning focused on learner outcomes (emphasis on PGC Element C)
  • Growing teacher practice through observations and feedback (emphasis on PGC Element D)  

To register for these webinars or any other webinar, please click the link below.

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PGCs for principals/tūmuaki/professional leaders 

PGC for Leaders needs to be in place by January 2023. We continue to host webinars which introduce the principles and elements of the PGC.

Are you a member of a professional leaders network? 

Would your network like to explore the Professional Growth Cycle for principals, tumuaki, and ECE professional leaders? We value speaking to professional networks of professional leaders, as their specific contexts place a useful lens on the Professional Growth Cycle (PGC). Members hearing the same message at the same time, has facilitated deeper conversations, raised challenging questions, and promoted sharing of practical ways forward. We are available to facilitate conversations on the PGC tailored to your network. To request this opportunity, please contact with ‘PGC for Leaders’ in the subject line.
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Triage - the first step when we receive a report or complaint about a teacher 

The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand has been working hard to develop a mana acknowledging disciplinary framework, which integrates our Values | Ngā Uara, honours and partners a te ao Māori approach, gives mana to the voice of teachers | kaiako, protects the mana of all involved parties and enhances natural justice principles.  

In response to feedback from teachers | kaiako and stakeholders, we reviewed the Triage process to identify improvements in the way we meet our natural justice obligations. 

We noted and appreciated that being subject of a report or complaint is a stressful process and, recognised that as a teacher | kaiako, receiving an email about a Mandatory Report or complaint was not the best way to be advised and not in line with Teaching Council values. We also acknowledged and identified that teachers | kaiako involvement early in the process better aligns with our objectives of protecting mana and enhancing natural justice. 

Subsequently, we have made changes to our triage process, and since September 2021 we now seek teacher | kaiako response to a Mandatory Report or complaint before the matter is considered at Triage. The teacher | kaiako receives an initial phone call from an Investigator Advisor who informs them of a Mandatory Report or complaint verbally, and then follows up with an informative email. Teachers | kaiako are then given a time frame to respond to the report or complaint and are encouraged to seek support from either their union, friend or whānau or get private representation.

Hearing the voice of the teacher | kaiako at the same time as hearing the initiator’s voice lessens the risk that Triage Committee members may inadvertently direct the next steps in the process without having all appropriate context or information available to them. In addition, we also follow up with the school or centre if there is information that would be valuable for Triage’s consideration of the matter prior to the meeting. This enables the Triage Committee to have all the information before them to make an informed decision on the report or complaint rather than seeking further information (i.e., a response for the teacher | kaiako) then bringing the matter back to Triage. 

This new process maintains respect for the mana of all persons involved, and provides a supportive process that allows a teacher | kaiako to address any conduct, compliance, or impairment issues and, where possible, remain as an engaged and effective teacher | kaiako within the teaching profession. In addition, statistics from the last year show that this new process is also having a positive impact on the number of cases under consideration at Triage, as of April 2022 we have 69 cases open at Triage compared to 172 cases in April 2021. 

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Teaching, School, and Principal Leadership Practices Online Survey open for free school use in Terms 2 and 3  

One principal recently summed up the TSP survey as a ‘one stop shop’ to get useful evidence and insights for her school review and planning, and for her own development. It’s a quick survey for teachers and principals, that gives principals immediate access to their confidential school report.  

Gaining insight into teacher beliefs about their own practices and how they see the school working is a great way to evaluate the current state and track changes over time. Having the comparative data showing teacher and principal views of how school and leadership practices are going is also a useful starting point to ensure you find the right drivers for moving forward.  

The survey items are based on robust research about effective practices that underpin the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa, the Educational Leadership Capability Framework, the New Zealand Curriculum’s dimensions of effective pedagogy, and ERO’s school evaluation indicators. Questions are also asked about morale and workload. The survey was developed by NZCER with an advisory group of principal and teacher representatives, along with other researchers, professional development providers, the Teaching Council of Aotearoa, Ministry of Education, and ERO.  

Go to to find out more and register. 
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Te Puna Mātauranga 

Topic: Te Puna Mātauranga - Education Knowledge Lounge start time: May 19, 2022 03:47 PM 

Meeting Recording: 

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Te Puna Mātauranga is a collaboration between Victoria University of Wellington, the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, and the Education Review Office.  Over time, we envisage this collective will grow. 

We want to connect thought leadership across research, policy, and practice to deepen our understanding and learn from each other about big ideas in education. 

We’re planning a series of wānanga with guest speakers and a time for dialogue among presenters and participants. 

The first event was held on May 19th with the theme of ‘The Future of Learning in a Post Covid World’.  We heard Derek Wenmoth, one of New Zealand education’s foremost future-focused thinkers, explore the concept of hybrid learning and the opportunities this creates for designing an approach to education and schooling that is more accessible, more equitable and more engaging for all who are involved.   Parehuia Enari, co-principal of Pacific Advance Secondary School, then provided an insight to the concept of ‘atu’ and ‘mai’ and the resilience this built for Pasifika children in the South Auckland area.   

If you were unable to attend this event you can access the recording on the link above.  Please keep a look out for registration details for our next events! 

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Unteach Racism

It’s a year since we launched Unteach Racism, and what a year it’s been!  We have spoken to teachers and leaders all over Aotearoa about their journey with Unteach Racism, and have been inspired by the way individuals, schools/centres Communities of Learning | Kahui Ako  have embraced the resources and are committed to making a difference in their context.
Our Code, Our Standards I Ngā Tikanga Matatika, Ngā Paerewa set out the high standards of ethical behaviour and describe expectations for effective teaching practice. They are underpinned by our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi provides the basis for the honourable relationship between tangata whenua and all who come to Aotearoa after the first peoples (tangata tiriti).  As teachers, you are committed to honouring Te Tiriti and you understand this has implications in all your practice.
When we think about engaging teachers in Unteach Racism, we are doing this from a position of alongside, building on established relationships, talking with, hearing from, and learning with.
The purpose of Unteach Racism is to equip you with tools to identify, confront and dismantle bias and prejudice so that education is free from racism. There is no neutral ground – we can all choose to either feed or starve racism in our practice every day. We want to help strengthen your individual and collective practice and commitment to Our Code, Our Standards | Ngā Tikanga Matatika, Ngā Paerewa, but we also know you are in a unique position and have the expertise to address this challenge and inspire others to do the same.
In the first year of Unteach Racism we have had almost 10,000 app users, 80,000 website visits, people from at least 12 countries using this resource, and 984 newsletter subscribers. We are pleased with the progress shown in these statistics and look forward to continuing to increase the reach and impact of Unteach Racism.
If you haven’t started your journey yet, we really encourage you to start now!  Unteach Racism began a year ago with Taika Waititi sharing his story.
                  Start your Unteach Racism journey here
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