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Meri Kirihimete
Update: proposed changes to physical restraint framework
Board appoints new Chief Executive
Hapori Matatū update
NEW podcast! Induction and mentoring through a Māori Medium lens + resources
From the archives
Ngā mihi nui ki a koe,
How humbling and exciting to be appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Teaching Council.

Over the past year I have been acting as Interim Chief Executive which has been a wonderful experience, but now I'm ready to take the reins with both hands. I want to build on the work we've already done and move forward with new projects, including physical restraint and leadership.

I'm honoured to be chosen by the Council Board for this role. I'll be working with my eyes on the goals of the Council, my ears open to the voices of teachers and my heart committed to championing the profession.    


On the day the Board informed me of their decision I had no time to take a moment to celebrate - it was straight to business, going in to bat for teachers on Seven Sharp (see picture above). The Council has been working hard on proposed changes to the physical restraint in schools framework and I wanted to ensure the public knows the changes are in the best interest of the well-being of teachers and learners. 

I wish everyone a happy holiday period and thank you for all your work this year. See you in 2020!

Ngā mihi,
Chief Executive

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A huge thank you to all teachers for your hard mahi in 2019.
We celebrate you as champions, legends, people changers and makers of great Kiwi children and teenagers!
Replenish yourself over the holiday period.

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The Education and Training Bill has had its first reading in Parliament and is now in the Select Committee phase. Within the Bill there are proposed changes to the current confusing framework around the use of physical restraint in schools.

The Council has been working hard on your behalf for more than a year to clarify when and how teachers can use physical force in schools to ensure the emotional and physical wellbeing of themselves and all learners. 

The proposed changes to the Bill came out of more than 12 months of work done by the Council alongside the Ministry of Education and the disability sector. 

We will continue to work with you, other stakeholders and the disability sector to create practical guidelines and examples in practice to support the proposed law change.

Watch Council Chief Executive Lesley Hoskin speak with Hillary Barry and Jeremy Wells on Seven Sharp about the proposed changes. 

The Bill is open for submissions until February 14, 2020. Make a submission or read the bill on the Parliament website here.
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Lesley has been working as the Interim Chief Executive since the departure of Dr Graham Stoop in December 2018. 

In previous roles Lesley has worked at the Ministry of Education in various capacities, including Associate Deputy Secretary Student Achievement, Acting Associate Deputy Secretary and Senior Manager Change and Transition for Corporate and Infrastructure Group (CIG). She had oversight of the Schooling Policy Team and Leadership of all three curriculums Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Mārautanga o Aotearoa.

Teaching Council Board Chair Nicola Ngarewa says Lesley will be an outstanding leader of the Council.

"We are very excited to have Lesley accept the position of Chief Executive. Lesley is an experienced leader with a deep understanding of the education sector. We know Lesley’s poised to take the Council to the next level,” says Nicola.

Read more about Lesley's appointment and her vision for the future of the organisation.
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We’re still working through beta testing to ensure when Hapori Matatū goes live for the profession the system’s ready, willing and able! The more testing we do, the more confident we feel this is a safe, secure and professional space for teachers.

So, just to keep you in the loop, Hapori Matatū will also see the introduction of the new policy, which will have Our Code, Our Standards at the heart of it. Check out our fact sheet to get familiar with the new policy, so you’re ready to go.

Also, to use Hapori Matatū you’ll need your Education Sector Logon (ESL), so please make sure you arrange one through your learning centre, or school ESL Delegated Authoriser. Getting it sorted now, means you’ll be ready to go online when Hapori Matatū goes live!
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He pukapāho Arareo Māori e pā ana ki te kaiako tōmua me tana pouako hāpai

I tēnei wāhanga ipāho ka noho tahi tātou me Evelyn Tobin, he pouako, he tumuaki tautōhito, he kaiwhakarite hui whai tohu mō te akoranga, mō te
whakapakaritanga me te whakangungu ngaio mō te kaiako, mō te tumuaki mō te poari kaitiaki i ngā horopaki arareo Māori. Ka kōrero mai ia ki a tātou mō te whakatikatika kaiako tīmata mō te mahi, mō te akoako mātanga, me āna mahi i roto i te kaupapa Tīmatanga Tuakana Teina, me te kaupapa Mentoring Pilot.

Kaiuiui: Nicola Chase
Manuhiri: Evelyn Tobin
Tuhinga (te reo Māori)

Induction and mentoring through a Māori Medium lens

In this podcast episode we sit down with Evelyn Tobin, an experienced pouako and tumuaki and an accredited facilitator of professional learning, development, and training for teachers, principals, and boards of trustees in Māori medium settings. She shares with us insight into induction and mentoring and her experience with the Tuakana Teina Induction and Mentoring Pilot programme.

Interviewer: Nicola Chase
Guest: Evelyn Tobin
Transcript (English)

Listen on Soundcloud or download on iTunes or Apple podcasts

Are you a Provisionally Certificated Teacher who does not meet the typical criteria for being allocated a mentor teacher or becoming part of your educational setting’s formal induction and mentoring programme?         

The Teaching Council has designed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate the educational settings you work in, and support you in accessing a formal induction and mentoring programme. 

Are you applying for certification but have minimal or no teaching employment during the last five years?

We are fortunate that you are bringing previous teaching experience and valuable learning from your time outside the profession. Your knowledge and practice may not be current in all areas, so the Council requires teachers returning to the profession to provide a Return to Practice plan. Find out more and see a RTP plan.

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Our Contact Centre phone lines will close from midday on Friday 20 December 2019 until 8:30am on Monday 6 January 2020, when we’ll be back to usual business hours.

Contact Centre staff answered more than 55,000 calls, 50,974 emails and 58,000 pieces of mail in 2019! Time for a well-deserved break. 

The 1940s saw the beginnings of the Playcentre movement, a less formal approach to pre-school education. Playcentres were first established in Karori, Wellington. 

Eastbourne playcentre, 1943. Source: NZ History

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