Teaching Council Elections nominations open

Nominations are now open for the Teaching Council elections next March.

This is the chance for teachers to have a say in who represents them on their professional body.

Voters working in seven sectors will elect board members: one teacher and one principal from the primary and secondary sectors, one teacher and one leader from ECE, and one teacher educator.

Nominations close on 25 January.

A further six board members will be appointed by the Minister.

The voter turnout In the last elections held by the former Teachers Council was only 13.6%, and the Teaching Council is keen to see more engagement this time.

Teaching Council Deputy Chief Executive Lesley Hoskin says apart from thinking about who to nominate there are two important things teachers can do to ensure the election process runs smoothly.

"Make sure the Teaching Council has an up-to-date email address for you so you can vote online. You can do this on the Council website."

Notify change of details — Teaching Council website

"And make sure your practising certificate is up to date, or you have a Limited Authority to Teach, so you’re eligible to vote.

"The eligibility rules are slightly different for teacher educators and Early Childhood Education leaders – check the Council website for details as well as regular updates on the elections."

Teaching Council Board Elections — Teaching Council website

The Teaching Council has appointed an independent company to run the elections. Teachers will receive an email explaining the election process, and how to nominate someone – they should check their spam and junk folders in case the email has been diverted.

If you have questions about the electoral process contact Election Services at 0800 922 822 or info@electionservices.co.nz

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