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Submissions on Initial Teacher Education

Future-focused Initial Teacher Education

After two years of engagement and consultation, the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (now known as the Teaching council of Aotearoa New Zealand) has made decisions about the proposals for future-focused ITE.  These mark a first-phase milestone in their long-term work programme to redesign New Zealand's ITE system.  From 2021 ITE programmes will meet strengthened programme approval requirements.   Further information, including the consultation findings and the Council's vision for the new ITE system and detailed decisions can be found on their website.

Read the UOCE Submission (5 July 2017).

Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill

This Bill proposes that teachers should form the majority on their own professional body. It would amend the Education Act 1989 to:

  • Rename the Education Council the Teaching Council
  • Increase the membership of the council to 13, with the Minister of Education appointing six members of the council, and the teaching profession electing a further seven members.

Read the UOCE Submission (16 March 2018).

Education Amendment Bill

The Bill would amend the Education Act 1989, and the related Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to:

  • Remove National Standards
  • Remove the Partnership School Kura Hourua model
  • Establish new state schools with alternatively constituted boards
  • Provide for councils of tertiary education institutions to have staff and student members
  • Make it an offence to make a false representation in order to receive free tertiary education
  • Make changes to strategic planning and reporting requirements for state and state integrated schools

(Submissions closed on 13 April 2018.)

Education (Protecting Teacher Title) Amendment Bill

The Bill would amend the Education Act 1989 to restrict the use of the title "teacher" to people who have completed certain recognised qualifications. In doing so it would remove the ability of those without these qualifications to call themselves teacher.

Read the UOCE Submission (16 March 2018).

Education (National Education and Learning Priorities) Amendment Bill

The Bill would amend the Education Act 1989 to enable statements about the diversity of education provision to be included in the statement of National Education and Learning Priorities.  The proposed amendments would align the statement of National Education and Learning Priorities more closely with the New Zealand curriculum, and provide an aspirational vision for the future for young New Zealanders.

(Submissions closed on 13 April 2018.)

Consultations and Reviews currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Education

For further information and/or to make a submission, view the Consultations and Reviews section of the Ministry of Education website.