Our Code, Our Standards
After more than a year of consultation, we’re happy to share the final Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession. We'll be mailing printed copies to schools and centres this month. Find out more about Our Code, Our Standards.
Teacher's PLD to transition to the Education Council
Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced on July 1 2017 that the Government has decided to transfer responsibility for teachers’ professional learning and development to the Education Council in January 2018. We welcome this opportunity to engage with the profession in its ongoing professional development, supporting our teachers to inspire and enable our learners to be successful. Find out more about the transition.
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.