National Professional Learning Programmes about the Code and Standards
We'll be hosting professional learning programmes across the country in 2017-18 to support you to implement the Standards for the Teaching Profession and Code of Professional Responsibility. The workshops will support Early Childhood Education leaders to use the Standards in their own appraisal, and help teachers, kaiako, professional leaders and tumuaki to use the Standards for the Teaching Profession in appraisal and to understand the Code of Professional Responsibility. Find out more about the workshops and how to register...
Draft amendments to the Education Council Rules 2017
We’re updating the Education Council Rules, to make sure they’re consistent with some recent changes, including the launch of the Code of Professional Responsibility and changes to the Education Act. We’re seeking feedback on the proposed amendments to the Rules. Find out more about the proposed rules, and how to make a submission.
Becoming a teacher
A career in teaching means having the chance to make a real difference in young people's lives, actively participate in a learning community and help shape New Zealand as a bi-cultural nation. Teaching is a rewarding profession where no two days are the same and your work makes a real difference. If you’re thinking about teaching, this section is a great place to start.
A current practising certificate shows employers, colleagues, learners and the wider community that a teacher is qualified, safe and competent. There are different categories of practising certificates to show how recently a teacher has met the Practising Teacher Criteria, or whether they are yet to meet them.
Practising as a teacher
Find out about practising as a teacher in New Zealand, from ongoing professional development to research projects and the Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession. Teaching is a dynamic and challenging profession. Teachers have a professional obligation to develop and maintain professional relationships with a diverse range of learners, communicate with parents and whānau, act ethically, promote positive values and maintain and raise professional standards.
Conduct and competence
The integrity of our profession relies on robust processes that give the public peace of mind, knowing teachers meet high ethical standards and are fit to teach. The Education Council is responsible for investigating, and if necessary exercising disciplinary functions, relating to teacher conduct, convictions and competence.
We are the professional organisation for teachers - from early childhood education through to primary and secondary schooling in English and Māori medium schools. We’ll promote all that’s best about teaching – good practice, new ideas, inspirational leadership.