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

13 December 2017

The Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, has announced an immediate $9.5 million teacher supply package today, including covering the cost of the Teacher Education Refresh from 2018.

He’s also talked about the work we’ve been involved with in making it easier and cheaper for certain overseas teachers to work in New Zealand.

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.

10 April 2017

Teachers across New Zealand are being given another opportunity to help shape their profession today as the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand publishes its latest topic for consultation.

“We want to give teachers every opportunity to have their say about the changes we’re proposing to make to the fee structure, including those for practising certificates,” says Education Council Chief Executive Dr Graham Stoop.

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.

September 29, 2016

The Education Council has worked with the two groups representing music teachers to provide a refresher programme aimed at keeping music teachers up to date with teaching.The Council is now seeking a selective request for proposal from the Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ (IRMTNZ) and Music Education Aotearoa (MENZA). Council deputy chief executive Lesley Hoskin says this is a big step towards resolving a long-standing issue.

July 19 2016

We want to address an issue with itinerant music teachers and relief teachers, and the role of the Teacher Education Refresh programme. We are pulling together a team to look into this issue with urgency.

The TER programme is designed to assist teachers who have had a provisional practising certificate for more than six years so they are well prepared to teach successfully.

8 July 2016

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand is welcoming two new senior legal practitioners to its Disciplinary Tribunal while saying goodbye to Chairperson Kenneth Johnston QC. Theodora Baker has been appointed as the new Disciplinary Tribunal Chairperson to replace Mr Johnston, while Nicholas Chisnall will pick up one of two newly created roles of Deputy Chair alongside existing Alternate Chair, John Hannan.

June 23, 2016

The Education Council has been successful in its bid to host the next meeting of the International Forum of Education and Teaching Councils (IFTRA) in Wellington, autumn 2018.

IFTRA comprises teacher authorities from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Malta, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand.

The Education Council’s chairperson Barbara Ala’alatoa says securing this prestigious event puts New Zealand on the international map for teacher professional bodies.

14 June 2016

The chief executive of the Education Council, Dr Graham Stoop, has congratulated this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Excellence Awards.

McAuley High School won top honours. The Auckland girls’ school was a finalist in three categories and, in addition to winning the Supreme Award, won the Excellence in Engaging trophy.

Dr Stoop who convened the experts’ and judges’ panel said there was an embarrassment of riches for the judges to choose from.

June 13 2016

A shift towards the renewal of full practising certificates online will make the job of principals verifying details for teachers easier, says Lesley Hoskin, deputy chief executive of the Education Council.

The Council has recently announced it is taking the first step towards an online certification system with the renewal of full practising certificates.

Ms Hoskin says the process will be more efficient for principals.