Kia ora, here's your December issue of Matatū, our monthly newsletter for teachers.
In this issue, read about:
  • EC30 online for early childhood education teachers 
  • overseas teachers and job offers
  • mentors and induction, and our Steiner story
  • having your say in the Teaching Council elections
  • Chief Executive Graham Stoop's contract finishing.
Early childhood teachers can now apply online to renew full practising certificates (EC30) 

The Teaching Council is excited to announce that early childhood education (ECE) teachers can now renew their full practising certificate online (EC30).

The online renewal process will be simpler, faster and more efficient for teachers in ECE, primary and secondary schools and their leaders. Once a complete renewal application is submitted, the processing time is quick, four days on average!

This is a step towards going full online next year, find out more about EC30 for ECE teachers.
Let us know about your overseas teacher
Principals – are you employing overseas trained teachers to teach in your school next year?
Our registration team is currently experiencing its usual end-of-year surge in registration applications.  To help get your overseas trained teachers through the registration process quickly, please get in touch with us so we can identify which teachers need to be registered in time for term one next year. Please give us a call on (04) 471 0852 or email us:
Applications now open for Tuakana Teina 2019,
we'll help you find a mentor!
We’re delighted to announce that our Tuakana Teina Induction and Mentoring pilot has now been extended until the end of Term 4, 2019.
Applications for the upcoming academic year are now open! Apply before the start of Term 1 and you’ll be able to get a full year of mentoring under your belt. Places are limited, so contact us if you want to know more.
Tuakana Teina aims to match experienced pou tautoko/mentor teachers with provisionally certified teachers/beginning teachers where a school or centre is unable to do this, to help them to progress towards Full Certification.
If you’re a beginning teacher looking for a mentor or an experienced teacher interested in becoming a mentor then we want to hear from you!
Mentoring is a team effort between the PCT, their school or centre and the mentor. Read about a Steiner school experience, where Anne Pison who teaches at Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School in Lower Hutt, was matched with mentor Sally Green, from St Catherine’s College in Wellington.
Nominations are now open for the Teaching Council elections

With the end of year rush you may not have had time to think about nominations for the Teaching Council elections. But it’s not too late, nominations are open until 25 January!

By now all registered teachers should have received instructions on nominating a candidate from Election Services, the company running the elections for us. If you haven’t received an email, please check your junk mail folder. If you don't have an email address, you should have received a letter.
If you haven’t heard from Election Services you might not be on the roll; you can check by calling them at 0800 922 822 or emailing

Remember you can only nominate a candidate in the field in which you will be voting; as a teacher or principal from the primary or secondary sectors; a teacher or leader from Early Childhood Education; or a teacher educator.

Find out more about the elections here, and follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds over the holidays for hot election tips.

Download a poster in English or Te Reo Māori to promote the elections at your school.
Contract finishes for Chief Executive Graham Stoop 

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.

“This is a huge accomplishment. We are proud of what Graham and the Council team have achieved. We wish Graham all the best for his future endeavours.”

Under Graham's leadership the Council has gone from being a largely paper-based organisation to providing online services for renewal of teachers’ full practising certificates, as well as embracing social media to keep the profession up to date with the latest Council and education sector news.

The Council has co-constructed with teachers Our Code Our Standards: Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession, and a Leadership Strategy for the profession. The Council is also working with the sector on reshaping initial teacher education.

The Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, Lesley Hoskin, will be interim Chief Executive until a new Council Board takes office in July next year.
Our Contact Centre phone lines will close from midday on Monday 24 December 2018 until 8:30am on Thursday 3 January 2019, when we’ll be back to usual business hours.
Code and Standards Workshops 2019
Fill in our quick survey to express your interest in attending Moving on with Our Code, Our Standards workshops in 2019. Choose the English medium survey or Māori medium survey.
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