Professional leaders and employers
This section has information for professional leaders and employers in the teaching sector, to help you support certificated teachers. As a professional leader, you play a key role in ensuring the quality of the teaching profession remains high and that the community has confidence in teachers.
Who is a professional leader?
Your role in supporting teachers
Your role in supporting teachers with a provisional practising certificate
What you need to know about Extension to Teach
What you need to know about Limited Authority to Teach
The Education Act defines a professional leader as:
- in the case of a school, the Principal
- in the case of an early childhood service, the Professional Leader
- in the case of any other educational institution, the Chief Executive or person occupying an equivalent position.
The Teaching Council has a legislative role to support the professional status of teachers and high quality teaching. We need your help to achieve this by ensuring all teachers:
- Hold a current practising certificate or authorisation before they begin their employment and that teaching positions within your educational setting are accurately identified.
- Are engaged in professional learning and development and keep accurate records of this.
- Are endorsed as meeting, or likely to meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa mōte Umanga Whakaakoranga.
- Are supported with an induction and mentoring programme (as appropriate) so they can be issued with a Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tūturu | Full Practising Certificate (Category One) once this is completed and they are endorsed as meeting the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.
Note that a relative or close friend cannot be a teacher’s mentor or endorser. In these cases, you must ensure these responsibilities can be undertaken by another appropriate person to avoid a conflict of interest. As a professional leader you should be familiar with the Council's Policy Teacher Registration, Practising Certificate and Limited Authority to Teach to assist you with the endorsement process.
Endorsers are professional leaders who endorse teacher applications for issue and renewal of practising certificates, based on their professional judgement and processes that are in place at their school/kura/centre or ITE provider.
The aim of endorsement is to support quality practice and give assurance that the teacher meets or is likely to meet the Standards / Ngā Paerewa. This Guideline for Endorsers provides direction to professional leaders about what they are accountable for, when they endorse an application for issue or renewal of a practising certificate through the online system. We encourage professional leaders to contact the Council if they are unsure about any aspect of the endorsement process.
As a professional leader or centre manager, you play a critical role in supporting teachers with a Tōmua | Provisional practising certificate or those with a Subject to Confirmation (STC), or the new Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Pūmau | Full Practising Certificate (Category Two)
A complete description of the processes and requirements involved can be found in the Registration Policy.
Here are the main points:
- Professional leaders are responsible for induction and mentoring programmes for teachers with Tōmua, and those that hold STC or Pūmau practising certification.
In overseeing the implementation of an induction and mentoring programme in your school or centre, it is important to:
- Become familiar with and make use of the Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring and Mentor Teachers.
- Establish an appropriate induction and mentoring policy for all teachers with Tōmua, and those that hold STC or Pūmau certification.
- Ensure that all teachers with Tōmua, and STC or Pūmau that you employ have access to an appropriate induction and mentoring programme, and that they are formally evaluated and provided with appropriate feedback.
- Keep appropriate records of induction and mentoring programmes and of the progress made towards meeting the Standards / Ngā Paerewa by all teachers with Tōmua and STC or Pūmau.
- Ensure that evidence is considered and discussed by appropriate colleagues, to decide whether to endorse a teacher's application to be issued with a full practising certificate.