Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill

The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill was introduced as a Private Member’s Bill on 29 June 2017. It is now a Government Bill and has had its first reading in Parliament and been referred to the Education and Workforce Committee.

The Bill proposes to change the name of the Education Council to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa.

It also proposes to increase the number of council members from 9 to 13 – with 7 registered teachers, including early childhood sector leaders and principals, to be directly elected by their peers and 6 members appointed by the Minister of Education.

Proposed membership

The Bill proposes that the seven elected members be registered teachers with a current practising certificate, elected by their peers.

The elected members are to comprise:

  • an early childhood sector teacher, elected by early childhood teachers
  • a primary sector teacher, elected by primary teachers
  • a secondary sector teacher, elected by secondary teachers
  • a representative from the fields of initial and ongoing teacher education, elected by registered teachers working in those fields
  • a principal representing the primary sector, elected by principals from that sector
  • a principal representing the secondary sector, elected by principals from that sector
  • a head teacher, senior teacher or supervisor representing leadership in the ECE sector, elected by leaders from that sector.

The Bill proposes that the Minister retain the power to appoint six members of the Council, with one of these members being appointed after consultation with parents and community interest groups. This would enable the Minister to ensure there is sufficient governance and specialist expertise in areas such as finance and understanding of the partnership principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.  

The chair would be appointed by the Minister from either the elected or appointed members.


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