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Developing a Code of Professional Responsibility

Teachers hold a position of trust – teaching and nurturing young New Zealanders.  We want the Code of Professional Responsibility to honour the privilege of being a teacher and reflect the high expectations the public rightly has of us when we are entrusted with the education and care of  their children and young people. This is an opportunity to lift the status of our profession and build on its reputation as one which values the highest standards of behaviour and professionalism. Legally, the new code is required to be in place by 1 July 2017, replacing the Code of Ethics for Certificated Teachers which was written in 2003.

Progress so far

Throughout the second half of 2016 we sought feedback from the profession to help shape the content of the code through range of online surveys and focus groups.  We also have a Working Group made up of key sector representatives to advise throughout the process.

The initial online survey sought views on  the general scope of the code, as well as its purpose and how it might be used by student teachers, teachers, learners, families/whānau, employers and regulatory bodies. The second surveyasked questions on what role the code should play by presenting a range of scenarios, based on some of the cases that have been brought to the Council.  We also sought the profession’s views to help shape a set of underlying values that should sit behind both the new Code of Professional Responsibility and the new professional standards. 

The findings from the three surveys and the focus groups are available through the links below. 

  • The summary of responses to the initial survey is available here. (956 responses. Explores the  scope and purpose of the code)
  • The summary of responses to the second survey is available here. (543 responses. Considers the role of the code through a range of scenarios)
  • The summary of responses to the third survey is available here (493 responses. Considers the core values that need to underpin both the new code and the new professional standards)
  • The summary of the feedback from the focus groups to date is available here (summarises the feedback from approximately 60 focus group participants)

Next steps

Building on the feedback we received from the profession throughout 2016, we are now preparing an initial draft of the code. We will have an initial draft ready to share with you in March 2017. 

We are keen to make it as easy as possible for you to have your say on the draft code, so we’ll be using a range of approaches such as surveys, consultation questions and workshops.

As your professional body we are absolutely committed to making sure the code reflects the voice and upholds the status of the teaching profession.

Who will the Code of Professional Responsibility apply to?

The Code will be binding on all teachers who hold a practising certificate and people who hold a Limited Authority to Teach. It will apply to teachers regardless of where they practice, whether this is early childhood education, primary, intermediate or secondary schools, Māori medium or tertiary settings.

Who is involved in the process?

Alongside the input from members of the profession through the surveys and focus groups, we are also working closely with a working group made up of representatives from across the profession. The organisations that are represented on the working group include:   

  • Auckland Primary Principals Association
  • Early Childhood Council
  • Independent Schools of New Zealand
  • Ngā Kura A Iwi o Aotearoa
  • New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools
  • New Zealand Catholic Education Office
  • New Zealand Council of Education Deans
  • New Zealand Educational Institute Te Rui Roa
  • New Zealand Kindergartens
  • New Zealand Normal and Model Schools
  • New Zealand Pasifika Principals Association
  • New Zealand Principals Federation
  • New Zealand School Trustees Association
  • New Zealand Specialist Classroom Teachers
  • Post Primary Teachers Association
  • Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand
  • Te Akatea
  • Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand
  • Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori

For more information have a look at our FAQs.

If you want to know more email code@educationcouncil.org.nz