The Education Council has a new name: Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Bill became law upon receiving Royal assent from the Governor General.
In addition to changing the Council’s name, the Bill 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.
The new Board will include seven members elected by the profession (a teacher and a professional leader from the ECE sector, a teacher and a principal from the primary sector, a teacher and a principal from the secondary sector, and a registered teacher from the initial teacher education or continuing teacher education sector).
The Minister of Education will appoint the additional six board members after the election.
We will be consulting on Proposed Rules for elections in October 2018 and the inaugural election is expected to be held in March 2019.
The new Board is expected to take office in the middle of next year. In the meantime, the current Board will continue to oversee the running of the Council.
We will work through the process of socialising our new name with registered teachers. However, this will be a progressive process over the next 12 months. There will be a transition period before decisions are taken on rebranding of our new logo and letterhead.
The rebranding decision will be taken by the new Teaching Council Board members after they take office in mid-2019.
To avoid unnecessary expense, we will continue to use our existing letterhead and logo. This means there will be no immediate changes to our logo or branding on our website, printed documents, or application forms until the new Board is in place.