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Rules Change Confirmed

2 June 2016

The introduction of new all-encompassing rules governing New Zealand’s more than 101,000 teachers clarifies and improves the way the Council manages its competence and disciplinary functions says Education Council manager teacher practice, Andrew Greig.

The new rules come into play on July 1 and replace the old Teachers’ Council rules.

Mr Greig says the implementation of the new rules follow a period of extensive consultation.

“We got some very good feedback during the consultation period and this has been very helpful in refining the final rules. As a result the new rules will allow us to become more efficient, effective and timely. They also remove a lot of repetition in the old rules.

“The rules allow us to tailor our responses to particular scenarios and streamline many of our processes.”

The main changes are;

·         One rule will condense the five sets of rules used by the Teachers Council – this one rule applies across all the disciplinary functions and also applies to new police vetting procedures.

·         The rules for impairment to be replaced with a policy.

·         Council members will no longer need to sit on the Disciplinary Tribunal or other disciplinary bodies such as the Complaints Assessment Committee (CAC) or the Impairment Committee.

·         In-house investigators will be established to conduct investigations for the CAC.

·         A new Competence Authority will deal with most competence decisions.


For more information about the new rules click here.

Read the rules here