Long overdue reforms to the Teachers Council are underway.
Consultation began in 2010 and it culminated in the 2013 Ministerial Advisory Group report.
Education Minister Hekia Parata had this to say:
“The new body is proposed to replace the New Zealand Teachers Council and will be called the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, broadening its scope to invest in leadership as well as teaching, and ensuring that professionals in the early childhood sector are also fully embraced.”
“Teaching needs a strong professional body that provides leadership to, and is owned by the profession. The new Council will support system changes to improve the quality of teaching and education leadership and will have the needs of children and young people, and the public interest, at its heart.
“The quality of teaching and education leadership has the biggest effect on raising achievement, and it is essential that our teachers and education leaders have the best professional body to support them in their critical roles.”
The new Council will:
- Raise the status of the teaching profession
- Establish a specific focus on education leadership
- Forge a new relationship between the profession and the Government to deliver on the public interests in education
- Make changes to the regulatory framework for teaching – including changes to the disciplinary regime
- Lead public debate on education issues
For more information visit www.minedu.govt.nz