Currently, our board comprises nine members appointed by the Minister of Education, the majority of whom came from nominations and are registered teachers with current practising certificates. Board members are responsible for ensuring our legislative functions are carried out effectively and efficiently and in the interests of the profession and the public. Our Council is supported by various committees and disciplinary bodies.
The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Act became law on 29 September 2018. In addition to changing the Council’s name, the Act increases the size of the Board to 13 members (up from nine). There are no changes to the functions of the Council. We will continue to be the professional body for all registered teachers from early childhood through to primary and secondary schooling.
The new Board will include seven members elected by the profession (a teacher and a professional leader from the ECE sector, a teacher and a principal from the primary sector, a teacher and a principal from the secondary sector, and a registered teacher from the initial teacher education or continuing teacher education sector). The Minister of Education will appoint the additional six board members after the election.
The inaugural election will be held in March 2019 and the new Board will take office on 1 July 2019. In the meantime, the current Board will continue to oversee the running of the Council.
Visit the Teaching Council Board Elections page for more information or click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Our governing board is supported by an organisation of about 100 employees led by a chief executive, working to implement our functions and strategic direction across five main areas: customer service, professional services, registration, professional responsibility, and council services and operations.
A number of reference groups, steering committees and working parties also help to ensure the Council’s professional projects are aligned with the aspirations of the sector and with work carried out by key education agencies. Two advisory groups meet regularly to advise the Council on issues affecting teaching in early childhood education and in Māori-medium education.
We are currently calling for expressions of interest for each of our Advisory Groups. Please use the link below for more information.