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Recent News

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Martin Deakin, Communications Manager by email: or phone: (+64) 022 524 1479.

02 May 2019

The Teaching Council welcomes Minister of Education Chris Hipkins’ announcement of additional funding for initial teacher education (ITE) providers.

The $24.5 million set aside over four years will help providers create programmes that meet new ITE requirements, launched by the Council last month. 

25 March 2019

Hate starts small but so does hope.

Since late last year the Teaching Council has been working on a Give Nothing to Racism project under the same banner as the Human Rights Commission’s national campaign to create conversation around racism in New Zealand.

14 December 2018

Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand Chief Executive Graham Stoop’s three-year contract has come to an end. His last day at the Council will be 24 December.

Graham took the reins at the Council in November 2015.  

Council Board Chairperson Barbara Ala’alatoa says Graham's leadership has seen the Council become a high-performing professional and contemporary organisation with an emphasis on working with the profession and collaborating with the wider education sector.

12 November 2018

A wider range of assessments will be offered to test English language proficiency for prospective teachers from January next year.

The “Language Requirements for Teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand” policy requires every New Zealand-registered teacher to be competent in the languages of New Zealand’s national curricula - English or te reo Māori.  

29 September 2018

The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Act became law on 29 September 2018.

In addition to changing the Council’s name, the Act increases the size of the Board to 13 members (up from nine).  There are no changes to the functions of the Council. We will continue to be the professional body for all registered teachers from early childhood through to primary and secondary schooling.

28 August 2018

Today the Education Council launched the Leadership Strategy for the teaching profession of Aotearoa New Zealand, developed collaboratively with the teaching profession.

05 April 2018

The Education Council’s Board Chair Barbara Ala’alatoa has joined four other education experts as a member of the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Independent Taskforce.

Appointed by Education Minister Chris Hipkins, the members will focus on governance, management, and administration in education.

The Government has extended its commitment to covering the cost of teachers completing Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programmes beyond June 2018. In the Budget 2018, the Ministry of Education received funding to allow teachers continued access to subsidised TER courses for the next four years.

Find out if you need to do TER and information on providers. 

08 December 2017

The Education Council is sharing a range of decisions today that mark a first-phase milestone in its long-term strategy for strengthening future-focused initial teacher education (ITE). These decisions come after two years of close collaboration with representative groups from across the teaching profession.

“We’re determined to do everything we can to raise learner achievement, and we believe strongly that one critical way to do this is to raise ITE standards and so better prepare an entire generation of new teachers,” says Education Council chief executive, Dr Graham Stoop.

06 December 2017

The Education Council is embarking on its latest consultation with the profession by publishing a draft leadership strategy.

“We’ve been working with the profession, academics, Māori, providers, and our shared education agencies for the past 12 months to build an inclusive leadership strategy,” explains Frances Nelson, the Education Council’s Centre for Leadership Excellence convenor.

29 June 2017

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand has published the Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession following more than 12 month’s close collaboration with working groups from across the education profession.

08 June 2017

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand has published its latest topic for consultation: a proposal for the future of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). The proposal being shared today has been developed through a 12 month period of research and consultation with representatives from across the sector, including all ITE providers.

18 May 2017

Minster of Education Hon. Nikki Kaye has announced she’s backing the Education Council’s call to extend an induction and mentoring scheme to help certain provisionally certificated teachers work towards full certification.

The Minister is making an additional $2million available to fund the extended scheme, which the Education Council will implement.

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.