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24 July 2020

Child wellbeing and safety is of paramount importance to teachers. 

To say otherwise is alarmist and a disservice to the more than 100,000 teachers who are caring for and nurturing our children and young people every day. 

All teachers are committed to the Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession which places responsibilities on them to protect the physical and emotional safety and wellbeing of all learners. 

23 July 2020

The Teaching Council is disappointed changes around the use of physical restraint in schools debated in Parliament last night don’t go far enough for the safety of children and teachers. 

The physical restraint provisions proposed as part of the Education and Training Bill were put together by a hasty Supplementary Order Paper, on which stakeholders were given only 26 hours to provide feedback. 

14 May 2020

The Teaching Council has listened to teachers’ feedback and is delaying a certification fee increase and introducing annualised fees.

Today’s Budget announced $16.5m of government money to help the move to annual certification. In addition, the Council will use $5m of its own reserves to fund the delay in implementation of new fees.

We are grateful for the Governments’ support to enable the Teaching Council to respond to the feedback received during consultation.

13 May 2020

The days of paper-based application forms for teacher certification are over at the Teaching Council, professional body for teachers. The move to digital means working with the Council will be smoother and more efficient than ever before, which means more time for teachers to do what they do best – nourishing the minds and spirits of our tamariki!

20 April 2020

 The Teaching Council is working with universities and providers of initial teacher education on temporary changes to practical experience requirements.

“We want to minimise the unfair impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown on students training to become teachers, particularly those in their final year of study,” Teaching Council Chief Executive Lesley Hoskin said.

17 April 2020

We've again been listening to teachers and professional leaders and we know, as much as we all want to return to normality, there's concerns about how you can safely and practically move to Level 3. It is crucial the health and safety of teachers, their whānau and the children and young people they teach is top of mind.

22 March 2020

Tēnā koe e te Pirimia,

Ka nui rā āku mihi ki a koe, môu i kaha rawa te arataki i te haumaru mõ ngā tangata katoa.

Teachers and education leaders play a very important role in New Zealand, especially during challenging times. They do what's needed and have always led in times of national crisis. They have done so during earthquakes, the Pike River disaster and the Christchurch shootings. They take their leadership role seriously.

6 March 2020

The Teaching Council Governing Board recently accepted the invitation from Government to establish a Leadership Centre, made as part of the Tomorrow's Schools review. 

The profession will have the independence and control to shape its own future and realise the Leadership Strategy, which was developed and is owned by teachers. We campaigned to have the right for the Leadership Centre to be established by the profession, for the profession.

4 December 2019

The Teaching Council’s Governing Board has appointed Lesley Hoskin as the Council’s next Chief Executive.

Lesley has been working as the Interim Chief Executive since the departure of Dr Graham Stoop in December 2018.  As Interim Chief Executive, Lesley has been responsible for the strategic direction and ensuring the more than 130,000 registered teachers and professional leaders are provided with the guidance and leadership to lift the status of the teaching profession.

12 November 2019

The release of the Government’s report, ‘Supporting all schools to succeed’, will see the Teaching Council leading the work to strengthen leadership in the teaching profession.

Teaching Council Board Chair Nicola Ngarewa believes leadership is critical to achieving educational equity and excellence for all children and young people and is excited to see the Government’s commitment to growing leadership capability and capacity.

Over the weekend an article appeared in the NZ Herald titled, ‘Teacher misconduct cases treble as teacher shortage forces schools to ‘cut corners’’. The only corner cutting was the reporting based on pure speculation. The article was an unjust and untruthful indictment of the teaching profession, poorly researched, and an attempt to deliberately mislead the reader into linking two issues; that of teacher supply and misconduct

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.