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22 March 2020

Tēnā koe e te Pirimia,

Ka nui rā āku mihi ki a koe, môu i kaha rawa te arataki i te haumaru mõ ngā tangata katoa.

Teachers and education leaders play a very important role in New Zealand, especially during challenging times. They do what's needed and have always led in times of national crisis. They have done so during earthquakes, the Pike River disaster and the Christchurch shootings. They take their leadership role seriously.

6 March 2020

The Teaching Council Governing Board recently accepted the invitation from Government to establish a Leadership Centre, made as part of the Tomorrow's Schools review. 

The profession will have the independence and control to shape its own future and realise the Leadership Strategy, which was developed and is owned by teachers. We campaigned to have the right for the Leadership Centre to be established by the profession, for the profession.

4 December 2019

The Teaching Council’s Governing Board has appointed Lesley Hoskin as the Council’s next Chief Executive.

Lesley has been working as the Interim Chief Executive since the departure of Dr Graham Stoop in December 2018.  As Interim Chief Executive, Lesley has been responsible for the strategic direction and ensuring the more than 130,000 registered teachers and professional leaders are provided with the guidance and leadership to lift the status of the teaching profession.

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.

Over the weekend an article appeared in the NZ Herald titled, ‘Teacher misconduct cases treble as teacher shortage forces schools to ‘cut corners’’. The only corner cutting was the reporting based on pure speculation. The article was an unjust and untruthful indictment of the teaching profession, poorly researched, and an attempt to deliberately mislead the reader into linking two issues; that of teacher supply and misconduct

02 May 2019

The Teaching Council welcomes Minister of Education Chris Hipkins’ announcement of additional funding for initial teacher education (ITE) providers.

The $24.5 million set aside over four years will help providers create programmes that meet new ITE requirements, launched by the Council last month. 

25 March 2019

Hate starts small but so does hope.

Since late last year the Teaching Council has been working on a Give Nothing to Racism project under the same banner as the Human Rights Commission’s national campaign to create conversation around racism in New Zealand.

14 December 2018

Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand Chief Executive Graham Stoop’s three-year contract has come to an end. His last day at the Council will be 24 December.

Graham took the reins at the Council in November 2015.  

Council Board Chairperson Barbara Ala’alatoa says Graham's leadership has seen the Council become a high-performing professional and contemporary organisation with an emphasis on working with the profession and collaborating with the wider education sector.

12 November 2018

A wider range of assessments will be offered to test English language proficiency for prospective teachers from January next year.

The “Language Requirements for Teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand” policy requires every New Zealand-registered teacher to be competent in the languages of New Zealand’s national curricula - English or te reo Māori.  

29 September 2018

The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Act became law on 29 September 2018.

In addition to changing the Council’s name, the Act increases the size of the Board to 13 members (up from nine).  There are no changes to the functions of the Council. We will continue to be the professional body for all registered teachers from early childhood through to primary and secondary schooling.

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.

05 April 2018

The Education Council’s Board Chair Barbara Ala’alatoa has joined four other education experts as a member of the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Independent Taskforce.

Appointed by Education Minister Chris Hipkins, the members will focus on governance, management, and administration in education.

The Government has extended its commitment to covering the cost of teachers completing Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programmes beyond June 2018. In the Budget 2018, the Ministry of Education received funding to allow teachers continued access to subsidised TER courses for the next four years.

Find out if you need to do TER and information on providers. 

08 December 2017

The Education Council is sharing a range of decisions today that mark a first-phase milestone in its long-term strategy for strengthening future-focused initial teacher education (ITE). These decisions come after two years of close collaboration with representative groups from across the teaching profession.

“We’re determined to do everything we can to raise learner achievement, and we believe strongly that one critical way to do this is to raise ITE standards and so better prepare an entire generation of new teachers,” says Education Council chief executive, Dr Graham Stoop.

06 December 2017

The Education Council is embarking on its latest consultation with the profession by publishing a draft leadership strategy.

“We’ve been working with the profession, academics, Māori, providers, and our shared education agencies for the past 12 months to build an inclusive leadership strategy,” explains Frances Nelson, the Education Council’s Centre for Leadership Excellence convenor.

29 June 2017

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand has published the Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession following more than 12 month’s close collaboration with working groups from across the education profession.

08 June 2017

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand has published its latest topic for consultation: a proposal for the future of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). The proposal being shared today has been developed through a 12 month period of research and consultation with representatives from across the sector, including all ITE providers.

18 May 2017

Minster of Education Hon. Nikki Kaye has announced she’s backing the Education Council’s call to extend an induction and mentoring scheme to help certain provisionally certificated teachers work towards full certification.

The Minister is making an additional $2million available to fund the extended scheme, which the Education Council will implement.

15 March 2017

We’ve had so much interest in our principals’ appraisal professional learning and development workshops that we are offering some further workshops in 2017 and opening them to senior leaders who have an interest in becoming a principal. They will focus on requirements for principals’ own appraisal, senior leaders’ appraisal and provide a structure for processes and leadership inquiries that are manageable, valuable and learner-centred. We will also look at how ERO’s internal review and school appraisal can be effectively aligned.

The dates for the two workshop series are:

10 March 2017

How teachers practice and conduct themselves is under review.

The Education Council is, today, launching Our Code, Our Standards to ask teachers about their expectations of ethical behaviour and standards of professional practice for the teaching profession.

Education Council chief executive, Dr Graham Stoop, says Our Code, Our Standards is a draft document that proposes reappraised expectations of ethical behaviour and standards for teachers to be competent and effective.