Running a school

Running a school involves meeting legislative and procedural requirements, as well as ensuring the wellbeing of both staff and students.

Archiving and disposing of school records

Archiving and disposing of school records includes the School records retention/disposal information pack which gives advice to schools on their legal obligations to retain, store and dispose of school records.

School finances

School finance information, including how to prepare your school’s financial statements and general financial management information.

Enrolment schemes (zones)

State schools can set up an enrolment scheme to avoid overcrowding. The Ministry needs to approve any scheme to ensure effective use of all schools in the area. State-integrated schools have more flexibility in developing an enrolment scheme. Find out about setting up and managing an enrolment scheme for your school.

Employing and managing staff

Read about various aspects of employing and managing staff, including employment agreements, resolving employment problems, medical retirement, concurrence, disregarded sick leave, government expectations for pay and employment conditions and what happens when school staff stand for election to Parliament. 

Health and safety in schools

In 2015, changes will be made to New Zealand’s health and safety at work legislation. Read about what’s happening and what you need to know. 

Emergencies and traumatic incidents

Your school may face a natural disaster or pandemic. Other traumatic incidents could include criminal acts or student suicide. It’s important to be prepared for these events and know how to respond if they happen. Go to Preparing for and dealing with emergencies and traumatic incidents

Planning and reporting

School planning and reporting are important processes to raise student achievement. We have provided guidelines and other information to help you with the planning and reporting requirements for student achievement, school roll and financial accounts.

Technology for learning

Ultrafast broadband is transforming education. You need to know how to get and manage new technology for learning, including internet security. 

School transport

School transport provides schools with school bus services, or direct resourcing in some cases. We help to make sure students are transported safely to and from school and provide Special Education School Transport Assistance (SESTA). Read about which students are eligible and the transport services offered.

Running a hostel  

 

Managing the Network of Schools

Information about managing the network of schools in New Zealand.

Statutory interventions in schools

This section provides information on statutory interventions in schools and kura, under part 7A of the Education Act 1989

Resourcing - Funding, Staffing and Allowances

Resourcing - Funding, Staffing and Allowances includes operations funding, school staffing, reimbursements to schools, payments to individuals, workers accident insurance, record keeping and audit and forms.

School structures and governance - for boards

There are state, state-integrated and Maori Medium schools.  Schools can choose to have a standard or an alternative board constitution. Communities should have say in how schooling operates in their community. Go to school structures and governance - for boards.

 

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