Teaching profession

Umanga Kaiwhakaako

We have made the following submissions to government entities on issues affecting the early childhood teaching profession. To view the submissions, click on the titles below.




Educational Draft Leadership Capability Framework (27 July 2018)

Overall, we consider that a strength of the document is its inclusivity of ECE. However, there are a few places where minor adjustments will help to ensure that ECE is understood to be an integral part of the educational leadership landscape.

View the Teaching Council’s decisions on the framework here.

We strongly support in principle the Education Council’s move to align the Teacher Registration and Certification Policy with the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Standards for the Teaching Profession, and to strengthen the teaching profession’s commitment to tangata whenuatanga and bicultural partnership and practice.  There are a few specific aspects of the changes proposed that we provide comment on for the Council’s consideration.

View the changes made here.

Education (Protecting Teacher Title) Amendment Bill (12 April 2018)

We strongly support moves to restore the mana of the teaching profession and lift the professional image of teachers. However, we are concerned that this Bill’s focus on the term ‘teacher’ is out of step with aspects of being a teacher in New Zealand, not least of all bicultural principles and practices.

This Bill was withdrawn from parliamentary processes on 11 May 2018.