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10 April 2017

Teachers across New Zealand are being given another opportunity to help shape their profession today as the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand publishes its latest topic for consultation.

“We want to give teachers every opportunity to have their say about the changes we’re proposing to make to the fee structure, including those for practising certificates,” says Education Council Chief Executive Dr Graham Stoop.

15 March 2017

We’ve had so much interest in our principals’ appraisal professional learning and development workshops that we are offering some further workshops in 2017 and opening them to senior leaders who have an interest in becoming a principal. They will focus on requirements for principals’ own appraisal, senior leaders’ appraisal and provide a structure for processes and leadership inquiries that are manageable, valuable and learner-centred. We will also look at how ERO’s internal review and school appraisal can be effectively aligned.

The dates for the two workshop series are:

10 March 2017

How teachers practice and conduct themselves is under review.

The Education Council is, today, launching Our Code, Our Standards to ask teachers about their expectations of ethical behaviour and standards of professional practice for the teaching profession.

Education Council chief executive, Dr Graham Stoop, says Our Code, Our Standards is a draft document that proposes reappraised expectations of ethical behaviour and standards for teachers to be competent and effective.

14 December 2016

If you last renewed your practising certificate between 1 July 2014 and June 2015 you are affected by the changes to the Education Act that created the new registration and practising certificate processes. Your practising certificate will expire on 1 July 2017.

We have developed an interim practising certificate as a way around this issue. The interim PC will be issued to the date your practising certificate would have originally expired.

12 December 2016

We are in the process of changing the current interim registration policy in a number of areas, one of these being the policy about who makes decisions on whether a person applying for registration meets the good character and fit to be a teacher requirement for registration.

22 November, 2016

We are proud to be strategic partners of the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.  These awards seek to raise the calibre and status of teaching in New Zealand by recognising and celebrating collaborations....between those educators, leaders, governors and communities that have demonstrated education practice and improved outcomes for children and young people.These awards continue to remind us to celebrate and share the extraordinary teaching and learning that takes place every day in our schools and early learning services.

21 November 2016

The Kaikoura earthquakes have affected our mail supply. We haven’t received any mail since November 11 and at this stage we’re not sure when our mail will be delivered. If you have urgent mail for us please either scan and email it to us before sending the physical copy or have it couriered to the Education Council, Level 12, 80 Boulcott Street, Wellington. If you’ve sent documents to us since the 11th and you have an electronic copy, we suggest you resend them by email or courier. You’ll need to check with your mail provider as to the status of your documents.

17 November 2016

The Education Council says the investment of over $21m in the organisation gives it time to start a meaningful discussion about the necessity to increase teachers’ fees.

Earlier today the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, confirmed $21.34m of transitional funding will be paid to the Education Council over 2.5 years to support the Council to become self-sufficient.

This funding will be contingent on meeting five key performance measures.

September 29, 2016

The Education Council has worked with the two groups representing music teachers to provide a refresher programme aimed at keeping music teachers up to date with teaching.The Council is now seeking a selective request for proposal from the Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ (IRMTNZ) and Music Education Aotearoa (MENZA). Council deputy chief executive Lesley Hoskin says this is a big step towards resolving a long-standing issue.

July 19 2016

We want to address an issue with itinerant music teachers and relief teachers, and the role of the Teacher Education Refresh programme. We are pulling together a team to look into this issue with urgency.

The TER programme is designed to assist teachers who have had a provisional practising certificate for more than six years so they are well prepared to teach successfully.

8 July 2016

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand is welcoming two new senior legal practitioners to its Disciplinary Tribunal while saying goodbye to Chairperson Kenneth Johnston QC. Theodora Baker has been appointed as the new Disciplinary Tribunal Chairperson to replace Mr Johnston, while Nicholas Chisnall will pick up one of two newly created roles of Deputy Chair alongside existing Alternate Chair, John Hannan.

June 23, 2016

The Education Council has been successful in its bid to host the next meeting of the International Forum of Education and Teaching Councils (IFTRA) in Wellington, autumn 2018.

IFTRA comprises teacher authorities from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Malta, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand.

The Education Council’s chairperson Barbara Ala’alatoa says securing this prestigious event puts New Zealand on the international map for teacher professional bodies.

14 June 2016

The chief executive of the Education Council, Dr Graham Stoop, has congratulated this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Excellence Awards.

McAuley High School won top honours. The Auckland girls’ school was a finalist in three categories and, in addition to winning the Supreme Award, won the Excellence in Engaging trophy.

Dr Stoop who convened the experts’ and judges’ panel said there was an embarrassment of riches for the judges to choose from.

June 13 2016

A shift towards the renewal of full practising certificates online will make the job of principals verifying details for teachers easier, says Lesley Hoskin, deputy chief executive of the Education Council.

The Council has recently announced it is taking the first step towards an online certification system with the renewal of full practising certificates.

Ms Hoskin says the process will be more efficient for principals.       

June 10 2016

Around 150 leaders from Communities of Learning across New Zealand gathered in Wellington today to start a national conversation about leadership excellence in the teaching profession.

The event, the first in the Education Council’s Leadership 2016 series, brought together leading international and national speakers to examine how to lead in a 21st century learning system.

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.

15 April 2016

Twelve submissions were received for the Education Council's rules change proposal. The Education Act 1989 requires we make rules relating to our disciplinary bodies, functions, practices and procedures.We will consider consider the recommendations put forward. The final Education Council Rules 2016 will be notified in the New Zealand Gazette and posted on our website. Here is a link the summary of submissions:


15 April 2016

The Education Council has struck Jeremy Peter Moss (212624) off the teachers’ register following his guilty plea to possession and distribution of objectionable material in the Palmerston North District Court. The teachers’ register has been annotated accordingly.

The Council sought an undertaking for Ross not to teach in February 2016 when it was alerted to the charges brought against the former teacher. 

5 April 2016

A decision by the Education Council’s Disciplinary Tribunal shows how critical it is for boards of trustees and principals to report concerns about teachers to the Council.

The Education Council’s manager teacher practice, Andrew Greig, says the decision was a test case and a very important one for principals and boards of trustees to be familiar with.

17 March 2016

A former school principal found guilty of making and possessing objectionable material has been struck off the teachers' register.

Manager teacher practice, Andrew Greig said the Council moved swiftly to strike Bruce Allan Darroch off the teachers' register immediately following Darroch’s conviction in the Rotorua District Court.

Darroch had not been in the classroom since 2 October 2014 when he signed an agreement not to teach.