Education Act Changes

The new legislation comes into effect on 19 May 2017.

We have created an overview of these changes.


NZSTA will continue to update you with factsheets, newsletters and through our website. 

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Effective governance - How boards work

Boards of trustees provide strategic leadership and direction to schools. They are accountable for the performance of their schools and kura, and the key focus of their role is the improvement of student progress and achievement.

A number of factors influence student achievement, including the board's own performance. How boards work provides information on developing good systems and processes so that every decision is focused on making a difference for the students in your school.

After a triennial election is a good time to take a fresh look at how your new governance team will operate, regardless of how many (or few) new trustees you have. It is an opportunity to review the way things are done, including the previous practice of your school's board. The How boards work resource is a good way to induct your new trustees into what governance is all about.

Effective governance - How boards work (pdf)

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