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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.


24 February 2016

A Northland teacher has been struck off the teachers’ register following his sentencing in the Whangarei District Court for indecent assault and obtaining objectionable material. Antonio (Daniel) Morales was sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment.

The Education Council’s manager teacher practice Andrew Greig said the Council moved swiftly. “We received a mandatory report from the school and immediately undertook to ensure he did not teach during his investigation. This was annotated on the teachers’ register.

19 February 2016

The Education Council has struck sex offender Robert Selwyn Burrett off the teachers register immediately after his admittance in the Christchurch High Court that he abused 12 primary school girls while working as a school caretaker. Education Council manager teacher practice, Andrew Greig, says this sends a message to the friends and family of the young girls involved that he will not teach again.

19 February 2016

A male teacher has been struck off the register and his female teacher partner censured for serious misconduct after three days of hearings by the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Education Council. In an oral decision given this afternoon, chair Kenneth Johnston, said the teacher, who has been deregistered, “breached one of the most elementary obligations owed by teachers to students to do everything within their power to ensure their safety.”

10 February

Wellington lawyer Julia McCook-Weir has joined the Education Council as lead lawyer shoring up the Council’s capacity to deliver high quality legal services in the face of an increasingly busy workload.

Education Council manager teacher practice, Andrew Greig, says Julia McCook-Weir brings real legal heft to the Council.

“Julia is a respected and experienced lawyer who brings more than twenty years practice to the Education Council, working in family and criminal law and more recently in the Police legal team in Wellington.

9 December 2015

The Education Council has struck convicted teacher Stacey Reriti off the teachers’ register.

Late last month Reriti was sentenced to more than 10 years prison after being found guilty of seven sex abuse charges against a boy who was aged 11 – 13 at the time the offending took place.

Conduct manager Andrew Greig says the council moved promptly to strike Reriti off the register so it’s unlikely she will ever be able to teach again.

23 November 2015

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand says a new Centre for Leadership Excellence is a decisive first step towards developing leadership capacity in the early childhood and school sector.

23 November 2015

Over 140 senior decision makers from 12 countries will attend the prestigious Global Education Leaders' Partnership (GELP) in Auckland from November 22 to 24. The event, titledNgā Kāwai Hono – Where the web of relationships and virtual connections meet, will focus on the use of indigenous concepts and frameworks, community ownership and modern delivery models in an education context, fields in which New Zealand is regarded as a world leader.

21 November 2015

Teachers covered by the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement now have their  fees for the issuing and renewing of practising certificates paid directly by the Ministry of Education. From November 1, these teachers no longer need to provide payment details with their application form. We are processing applications already submitted by teachers who have indicated they are covered by the agreement on their form. 

12 October 2015

Recently, Carol Shand (Lead Advisor Competence) and Dr Peter Lind (former Director, NZTC) presented their research on Issues of Teacher Competence to the Australian Council of Educational Leaders conference in Sydney, Australia.

View the presentation and accompanying notes.

12 October 2015

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Graham Stoop QSO to the position of chief executive.  Dr Stoop will take up the position on 9 November.

Chairperson Barbara Ala’alatoa says the council is thrilled to get someone of Dr Stoop’s calibre to lead its evolution into a high-performing professional organisation representing teachers.

“Dr Stoop was the outstanding candidate.  He has served the profession, the government of the day and the public in an exemplary way throughout his career which spans over 30 years.”

05 October 2015

The Education Council is joining with teachers worldwide to celebrate the teaching profession today.

“New Zealand teachers are among the best trained, best qualified and most experienced in the world, according to the 2014 TALIS survey. Today is a day to celebrate teachers’ achievements and the hard work they put in to get the best results for their students,” says Council Chairperson, Barbara Ala’alatoa.

02 October 2015

The Ministry of Education's Early Learning Advisory group has today released their report.

The report has a number of recommendations for how the education sector can do even better in supporting our youngest learners, including transition to school, updating and digitising the curriculum, and enhancing professional learning and development for ECE teachers.

Read the report

30 September 2015

Considering implementing BYOD (bring your own device) in your school? Claire Amos has ten tips toget you started.

Ten tips for for BYOD

03 September 2015

A survey showing that 85 per cent of parents are satisfied with their children’s early childhood education service overall is a testament to the hard work of teachers and parents, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

“The 2014 Kiwis Count survey dataset released today by the State Services Commission shows that parental satisfaction in ECE service overall is high.

Read Minister Parata's full release here

12 Aug 2015

Education Minister Hekia Parata says it's fantastic that more than 120,000 kids are now in 42 Communities of Schools committed to working together to raise student achievement.

Ms Parata today announced another 13 communities have been approved, taking the total number to 42.

“We now have Communities of Schools across much of the country, from Auckland to Otago-Southland, and that’s incredibly exciting for the kids, parents, teachers, schools and their local communities.

01 July 2015

This table outlines the main differences between the Education Council and the Teachers Council.

01 July 2015

Council Chairperson Barbara Ala'alatoa

Many of you will have experienced a moment in your career when you’ve realised how important your job is.  That moment could be a look of wonder on the face of a four year old in a sandpit, or a discovery in the science lab as a 17 year old suddenly understands why chemicals react in a particular way, or maybe it’s the thrill of seeing the 10 year old girl you convinced could sing, singing in the end of year school play.