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17 November 2016

The Education Council says the investment of over $21m in the organisation gives it time to start a meaningful discussion about the necessity to increase teachers’ fees.

Earlier today the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, confirmed $21.34m of transitional funding will be paid to the Education Council over 2.5 years to support the Council to become self-sufficient.

This funding will be contingent on meeting five key performance measures.

September 29, 2016

The Education Council has worked with the two groups representing music teachers to provide a refresher programme aimed at keeping music teachers up to date with teaching.The Council is now seeking a selective request for proposal from the Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ (IRMTNZ) and Music Education Aotearoa (MENZA). Council deputy chief executive Lesley Hoskin says this is a big step towards resolving a long-standing issue.

July 19 2016

We want to address an issue with itinerant music teachers and relief teachers, and the role of the Teacher Education Refresh programme. We are pulling together a team to look into this issue with urgency.

The TER programme is designed to assist teachers who have had a provisional practising certificate for more than six years so they are well prepared to teach successfully.

8 July 2016

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand is welcoming two new senior legal practitioners to its Disciplinary Tribunal while saying goodbye to Chairperson Kenneth Johnston QC. Theodora Baker has been appointed as the new Disciplinary Tribunal Chairperson to replace Mr Johnston, while Nicholas Chisnall will pick up one of two newly created roles of Deputy Chair alongside existing Alternate Chair, John Hannan.

June 23, 2016

The Education Council has been successful in its bid to host the next meeting of the International Forum of Education and Teaching Councils (IFTRA) in Wellington, autumn 2018.

IFTRA comprises teacher authorities from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Malta, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand.

The Education Council’s chairperson Barbara Ala’alatoa says securing this prestigious event puts New Zealand on the international map for teacher professional bodies.

14 June 2016

The chief executive of the Education Council, Dr Graham Stoop, has congratulated this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Excellence Awards.

McAuley High School won top honours. The Auckland girls’ school was a finalist in three categories and, in addition to winning the Supreme Award, won the Excellence in Engaging trophy.

Dr Stoop who convened the experts’ and judges’ panel said there was an embarrassment of riches for the judges to choose from.

June 13 2016

A shift towards the renewal of full practising certificates online will make the job of principals verifying details for teachers easier, says Lesley Hoskin, deputy chief executive of the Education Council.

The Council has recently announced it is taking the first step towards an online certification system with the renewal of full practising certificates.

Ms Hoskin says the process will be more efficient for principals.       

June 10 2016

Around 150 leaders from Communities of Learning across New Zealand gathered in Wellington today to start a national conversation about leadership excellence in the teaching profession.

The event, the first in the Education Council’s Leadership 2016 series, brought together leading international and national speakers to examine how to lead in a 21st century learning system.

2 June 2016

The introduction of new all-encompassing rules governing New Zealand’s more than 101,000 teachers clarifies and improves the way the Council manages its competence and disciplinary functions says Education Council manager teacher practice, Andrew Greig.

The new rules come into play on July 1 and replace the old Teachers’ Council rules.

Mr Greig says the implementation of the new rules follow a period of extensive consultation.

15 April 2016

Twelve submissions were received for the Education Council's rules change proposal. The Education Act 1989 requires we make rules relating to our disciplinary bodies, functions, practices and procedures.We will consider consider the recommendations put forward. The final Education Council Rules 2016 will be notified in the New Zealand Gazette and posted on our website. Here is a link the summary of submissions:


15 April 2016

The Education Council has struck Jeremy Peter Moss (212624) off the teachers’ register following his guilty plea to possession and distribution of objectionable material in the Palmerston North District Court. The teachers’ register has been annotated accordingly.

The Council sought an undertaking for Ross not to teach in February 2016 when it was alerted to the charges brought against the former teacher. 

5 April 2016

A decision by the Education Council’s Disciplinary Tribunal shows how critical it is for boards of trustees and principals to report concerns about teachers to the Council.

The Education Council’s manager teacher practice, Andrew Greig, says the decision was a test case and a very important one for principals and boards of trustees to be familiar with.

17 March 2016

A former school principal found guilty of making and possessing objectionable material has been struck off the teachers' register.

Manager teacher practice, Andrew Greig said the Council moved swiftly to strike Bruce Allan Darroch off the teachers' register immediately following Darroch’s conviction in the Rotorua District Court.

Darroch had not been in the classroom since 2 October 2014 when he signed an agreement not to teach.


24 February 2016

A Northland teacher has been struck off the teachers’ register following his sentencing in the Whangarei District Court for indecent assault and obtaining objectionable material. Antonio (Daniel) Morales was sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment.

The Education Council’s manager teacher practice Andrew Greig said the Council moved swiftly. “We received a mandatory report from the school and immediately undertook to ensure he did not teach during his investigation. This was annotated on the teachers’ register.

19 February 2016

The Education Council has struck sex offender Robert Selwyn Burrett off the teachers register immediately after his admittance in the Christchurch High Court that he abused 12 primary school girls while working as a school caretaker. Education Council manager teacher practice, Andrew Greig, says this sends a message to the friends and family of the young girls involved that he will not teach again.

19 February 2016

A male teacher has been struck off the register and his female teacher partner censured for serious misconduct after three days of hearings by the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Education Council. In an oral decision given this afternoon, chair Kenneth Johnston, said the teacher, who has been deregistered, “breached one of the most elementary obligations owed by teachers to students to do everything within their power to ensure their safety.”

9 December 2015

The Education Council has struck convicted teacher Stacey Reriti off the teachers’ register.

Late last month Reriti was sentenced to more than 10 years prison after being found guilty of seven sex abuse charges against a boy who was aged 11 – 13 at the time the offending took place.

Conduct manager Andrew Greig says the council moved promptly to strike Reriti off the register so it’s unlikely she will ever be able to teach again.

23 November 2015

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand says a new Centre for Leadership Excellence is a decisive first step towards developing leadership capacity in the early childhood and school sector.

23 November 2015

Over 140 senior decision makers from 12 countries will attend the prestigious Global Education Leaders' Partnership (GELP) in Auckland from November 22 to 24. The event, titledNgā Kāwai Hono – Where the web of relationships and virtual connections meet, will focus on the use of indigenous concepts and frameworks, community ownership and modern delivery models in an education context, fields in which New Zealand is regarded as a world leader.

21 November 2015

Teachers covered by the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement now have their  fees for the issuing and renewing of practising certificates paid directly by the Ministry of Education. From November 1, these teachers no longer need to provide payment details with their application form. We are processing applications already submitted by teachers who have indicated they are covered by the agreement on their form.