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Review of Standards for the teaching profession

Review of Standards for the Teaching Profession - Update

We are developing new professional standards for the teaching profession and would like your input.

Feedback from across the profession shows there’s is confusion between the current Practising Teacher Criteria and the various other standards that exist for different purposes. We have also heard that the Practising Teacher Criteria are not broken, but that they need a refresh. We are currently working on new professional standards that will simplify the current situation and help raise the status and quality of teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our standards should reflect what we know about best practice in teaching and acknowledge the unique skill sets held by teachers. They should also contribute towards lifting the status of the teaching profession.

We are required to have the new standards in place by 1 July 2017 – don’t miss the opportunity to get involved and help shape the process.

How you can be involved

We are working on an initial draft set of standards and indicators and want to get your views on the draft set as soon as they are completed.

We are also seeking expressions of interest for a pilot programme to trial the new professional standards in early-mid 2017. We are looking for a range of settings to trial the draft standards – Early Childhood, Area Schools, Primary, Secondary, Māori Medium. If your Early Childhood Education (ECE) service, school or kura would be interested in being part of this exciting work, we’d like to hear from you.

Please email us at so we can register your interest.

Background: The story so far

In June, the Education Council’s Standards Working Group proposed a revised framework for teaching standards by adapting the current Practising Teacher Criteria. The working group were in favour of a broad set of standards and indicators, for all teachers that are suitable for different cultural settings and learning environments. We supported this framework to inform the development of new standards.

We are now developing new teaching standards and indicators based on this framework. They are being developed in English and te reo Māori. We will also ensure they are suitable for ECE settings.

We have also established a Māori Medium Advisory Group to assist in the development of the standards in te reo Māori and to ensure they incorporate Māori world views. This group includes representatives from Nga Kura a Iwi, Te Rūnanga Nui, Kura Māori/Kura Mana Māori and Puna Reo/Immersion Centres.



Development of draft standards and indicators

Now to mid-November 2016

Share early drafts with wider sector

Early 2017

Pilot of the draft standards and indicators

Early to Mid 2017

Revision to standards and indicators following pilot

Mid 2017

New standards published

1 July 2017

Socialisation of new professional standards (e.g. workshops, resources, newsletters)

July – December 2017

New professional standards used for appraisal

January - December 2018

Full use of professional standards

January 2019

What does this mean for appraisal?

The current Practising Teacher Criteria remain in place until the new standards are finalised and teachers should continue to use them for appraisal. We are required to have the new standards in place by 1 July 2017 – with a transition period before the standards will be fully in place (January 2019).

We continue to support the profession in developing and maintaining robust appraisal systems that make appraisal valuable and learner centred. The components of such systems (including the establishment of goals, use of observation, appraisal conversations) that encourage increased evaluative capability remain in place and will assist the embedding of standards that form the basis of this capability.

The Appraisal Components Diagram: Analysis Tool shows where the new standards (and currently the Practising Teacher Criteria) fit in performance management and the renewal of practising certificates. We are also currently running the Appraisal of Principals Professional Learning and Development and promoting the resources here.