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Recent News

If you have a media inquiry please contact:

Martin Deakin, Communications Manager by email: or phone: (+64) 022 524 1479.

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

This table outlines the main differences between the Education Council and the Teachers Council.

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.

24 July 2015

Requirements for proof of identity changed on 1 July because of the Vulnerable Children Act, and some teachers may not be familiar with what they need to do. Now principals are required to sight and verify the proof of identity of a teacher applying for a practising certificate or limited authority to teach.

Providing proof of identity helps prevent identity fraud. It’s also required by the NZ Police before we can submit your police vet.

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

01 July 2015

Today is an exciting day for the teaching profession as the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand opens its doors for business says Interim Chief Executive Julian Moore.

“I am very proud to be witnessing this event. I’ve worked with many dedicated people over the last few months  to see the Education Council come into being.  I hope they are just as proud.

28 May 2015

The Minister of Education has today announced the start date for the new professional body will be July 1.

Read the Minister's announcement here:

14 November 2014

The New Zealand Teachers Council has the responsibility to establish and maintain standards for qualifications that lead to teacher registration in New Zealand.

A number of groups have raised concerns with the Council around the academic entry criteria for candidates over the age of 20 without University Entrance applying to enter undergraduate initial teacher education (ITE) programmes.  

The Council is now reviewing the current academic entry criteria for such candidates wishing to enter undergraduate ITE programmes.  

28 March 2014

The final surveys of second year Provisionally Registered Teachers and their Mentors are now open: please participate if eligible.

You are eligible if you first became registered as a PRT between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013. We want your mentor also to participate.

21 March 2014

The New Zealand Teachers Council has approved an amendment to the New Zealand Teachers Council (Conduct) Rules 2004. The amendment is outlined below.

The purpose of the rule amendment is to ensure that the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings are open to the public, while also ensuring protection for vulnerable witnesses such as children and young people.