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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.

12 October 2015

Recently, Carol Shand (Lead Advisor Competence) and Dr Peter Lind (former Director, NZTC) presented their research on Issues of Teacher Competence to the Australian Council of Educational Leaders conference in Sydney, Australia.

View the presentation and accompanying notes.

12 October 2015

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Graham Stoop QSO to the position of chief executive.  Dr Stoop will take up the position on 9 November.

Chairperson Barbara Ala’alatoa says the council is thrilled to get someone of Dr Stoop’s calibre to lead its evolution into a high-performing professional organisation representing teachers.

“Dr Stoop was the outstanding candidate.  He has served the profession, the government of the day and the public in an exemplary way throughout his career which spans over 30 years.”

05 October 2015

The Education Council is joining with teachers worldwide to celebrate the teaching profession today.

“New Zealand teachers are among the best trained, best qualified and most experienced in the world, according to the 2014 TALIS survey. Today is a day to celebrate teachers’ achievements and the hard work they put in to get the best results for their students,” says Council Chairperson, Barbara Ala’alatoa.

02 October 2015

The Ministry of Education's Early Learning Advisory group has today released their report.

The report has a number of recommendations for how the education sector can do even better in supporting our youngest learners, including transition to school, updating and digitising the curriculum, and enhancing professional learning and development for ECE teachers.

Read the report

30 September 2015

Considering implementing BYOD (bring your own device) in your school? Claire Amos has ten tips toget you started.

Ten tips for for BYOD

03 September 2015

A survey showing that 85 per cent of parents are satisfied with their children’s early childhood education service overall is a testament to the hard work of teachers and parents, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

“The 2014 Kiwis Count survey dataset released today by the State Services Commission shows that parental satisfaction in ECE service overall is high.

Read Minister Parata's full release here

12 Aug 2015

Education Minister Hekia Parata says it's fantastic that more than 120,000 kids are now in 42 Communities of Schools committed to working together to raise student achievement.

Ms Parata today announced another 13 communities have been approved, taking the total number to 42.

“We now have Communities of Schools across much of the country, from Auckland to Otago-Southland, and that’s incredibly exciting for the kids, parents, teachers, schools and their local communities.

01 July 2015

Council Chairperson Barbara Ala'alatoa

Many of you will have experienced a moment in your career when you’ve realised how important your job is.  That moment could be a look of wonder on the face of a four year old in a sandpit, or a discovery in the science lab as a 17 year old suddenly understands why chemicals react in a particular way, or maybe it’s the thrill of seeing the 10 year old girl you convinced could sing, singing in the end of year school play.

20 July 2015

Members of the Education Council have now had several meetings together and the Council's direction is beginning to take shape. Read the summary of Council progress so far.

10 July 2015

Education Council Interim Chief Executive Julian Moore recently presented about the new Education Council at the NZSTA annual conference. If you would like to view Julian's presentation slides, you can find these here.

03 July 2015

New Zealand’s teaching profession is amongst the most highly trained, best qualified, and most experienced in the world, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. 

Read the Minister's full press release here.

02 July 2015

The Education Council is seeking new members for its two disciplinary bodies, the Disciplinary Tribunal and the Complaints Assessment Committee.

Read more and apply

01 July 2015

The Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata, says today marks a new era for teachers as the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. Read the Minister's full media release