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Initial Teacher Education approval panel kicks off
New Registration and Certification Policy coming soon
Historical abuse allegations against teachers 
Tomorrow's Schools shake up: what it means for the Council
Te Kōnohete
Welcome Kaihautū: Te Tiriti
From the archives
Ngā mihi nui ki a koe,
The last major overhaul of New Zealand's education system happened when shoulder pads and teased hair were popular and the world wide web had just crossed over from science fiction to reality.

Thirty years later, the Government has introduced reforms to the landmark 1989 Tomorrow's Schools legislation and it's exciting to be right in the thick of it! It's a very different world, not only for the lack of shoulder pads, but in how we use technology, view education and understand what will benefit learners. 
So, where does the Teaching Council fit into the reforms? Well, we've been invited to establish a Leadership Centre, which is a natural continuation of our work developing the Leadership Strategy and Capability Framework. Inviting the Council to manage this area is an acknowledgement of mahi already underway and the Council's ability. 

Exciting times ahead! Please keep an eye out for further updates from us as things unfold.

Ngā mihi,
Interim CE

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The inaugural initial teacher education programme approval with the new requirements is done and dusted! 

We introduced new requirements for the approval, monitoring and reviewing of Initial Teacher Education programmes earlier this year and recruited panel members to be a part of the approval process.

In October, we held our first shared panel with two providers. It was a demanding yet satisfying week of questioning, thinking and listening. 

It was very much a learning process for us, the panel and the providers. Learning together what will best ensure graduating teachers can meet the expectations of the Code and demonstrate they can use and meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession has been the impetus behind the approval process. 

The two providers unpacked the Code and Standards in relation to their conceptual framework and graduate profile and opened themselves up to debate and questioning with the panel, explaining how they came to the design of their programmes and their decision-making about selected assessments.

Pictured above at University of Canterbury: Karen Eketone (primary educator and leader), Simon Cottle (ECE educator), Margie Campbell Price (University of Otago secondary teacher educator), Nadia Rose (secondary educator), Peter Kaiser (primary principal), Dr. Helen Trevethan (University of Otago primary teacher educator), Bill Hubbard (lead advisor Teaching Council), Dr.Rosina Merry (ECE teacher educator), Dr. Shane Edwards (independent chair), Linda Brown (lead advisor Teaching Council), Noreen Melvin (lead advisor Teaching Council) and Hannah Molloy (advisor initial teacher education Teaching Council). 
"Feedback from the initial teacher educators, chair, panellists and partners is being used to further develop the panel approval process. It was a valuable way to test the new requirements and it renewed and developed understanding of the process of educating effective new teachers."
- Noreen Melvin, Teaching Council lead advisor
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Following a policy review where we asked teachers for their thoughts and suggestions on registration and certification we are happy to be launching a new policy very soon, placing Our Code, Our Standards at the foundation.

Who will this affect? All teachers!

What is changing? New certificate names, emphasis on developing te reo and tikanga Māori, a new certificate for teachers who have not been teaching for the last five years, and more! the new policy places greater reliance on the endorsement of professional leaders and less on time-based rules. It also offers more flexibility and discretion, enabling the Council to consider specific situations and apply discretion.

The new policy will be implemented alongside our new online service system, Hapori Matatū | Online Community, in early. Teachers who renew their practising certificates under the new policy will use Hapori Matatū, however, we are continuing to accept applications under the current policy using EC30 online and paper-based forms, up until the launch of the new online service.

Read our quick factsheet to familiarise yourself with the new policy before it launches!

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A Royal Commission of Inquiry is looking into what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in state and faith-based care in Aoteoroa New Zealand between the years 1950-99. As part of this inquiry, allegations may be made against teachers and the Teaching Council may get involved. 

For information on the following questions please visit our website.

Who can the Council investigate?
How do I make a complaint?
What will we do when we receive an allegation?
What if I want compensation or recognition for what happened?

We've been invited to establish a Leadership Centre to continue providing leadership to teachers and set a strategy for the direction of leadership in the profession. We are excited to work with the Ministry, teachers and professional leaders to see how the Centre will unfold over the next 12-18 months. 

Also in the spirit of effective and enabled leadership the reform proposes establishing minimum eligibility criteria for principals and the Teaching Council expects to play a consulting role in developing such criteria. 

Board Chair Nicola Ngarewa believes leadership is critical to achieving educational equity and is inspired
by the commitment to growing leadership capability. 

A new independent disputes panel for parents, whānau and students to lodge unresolved complaints about schools has also been proposed - however, this will
not change the Council's role around conduct or competence of teachers.

Read our press release on the reform of Tomorrow's Schools 
Read the Government's report 'Supporting all schools to succeed'

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Council waiata rōpū represented Matatū and the teaching profession by performing at Te Kōnohete – an annual event where public sector and government organisations come together to celebrate kapa haka, waiata, whanaungatnga and te reo Māori. 

Staff from all areas of the Council performed six waiata, including three original waiata. They all stood from a diverse set of cultures and it was a proud moment to see all their hard mahi and passionate celebration of the Council's commitment to te reo and te ao Māori unfold on stage under the bright lights! Ka mau te wehi!

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It was our pleasure to hold a powhiri welcoming our new Kaihatū, Tamahau Rowe. 

Tamahau will be leading the implementation of the Council's Te Rautaki Tiriti o Waitangi - building a network of support and leading the mahi to build a more culturally inclusive approach to the registration, conduct and competence areas of the Council. 

Te Rautaki Tiriti o Waitangi is a practical way for the Council to give effect to the mana of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and guide the way we work internally, with the profession and the wider education sector. 

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In 1989 there was a major shake-up of the education system following the publication of the Picot Report and the initiation of the government’s Tomorrow’s Schools programme. A leaner Ministry of Education replaced the Department, and the regional Education Boards were abolished. New agencies included an Education Review Office to monitor schools and a New Zealand Qualifications Authority to oversee student assessment

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The Karori Normal School choir on the stairs of the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington after singing at the conference of the Computer Society in 1989. Source: NZ History,
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