The Education Act has changed.

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.
You can call 0800 782 435 or email actupdates@nzsta.org.nz.

 

E-Learning

NZSTA webinars and on-line modules are informative and practical professional development for trustees.  You can participate from your own home, office or school at a time to suit yourself, or if completing these as a board, your board.

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Becoming a School Trustee – this three minute motion graphic is for use with prospective trustees and briefly outlines what governance is all about.

Learning modules

These on-line learning modules are the latest addition to NZSTA's professional development opportunities. These modules are interactive, informative and approximately 30 – 40 minutes long. They contain links to relevant legislation, have templates for downloading, and can be stopped for board discussion at any time, or repeated as many times as required. There is no requirement to use a phone line as sound is embedded in the module itself.

Welcome aBoard Module

Welcome aBoard

Welcome aBoard is targeted at newly elected trustees, and returning trustees who need a refresher, to understand the board's governance role, its obligations to students, and its primary focus on raising student achievement for all students. 

The Welcome aBoard module will take you through the key aspects of governance and includes:

Haepapa - Effective Governance in Maori Medium

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Haepapa - Effective Governance in Māori Medium is a resource that has been created to support the role for trustees working in Māori medium Level 1 and 2, immersion, bilingual units and Kura ā-iwi,  kura kaupapa Māori and other schools with a high proportion of Māori students.

The Haepapa module will take you through the key aspects of governance and includes:

Student Achievement - Effective Governance

Student Achievement Module

The Student Achievement module is a resource that has been created to support trustees to better understand their role in ensuring that the main focus of the board is Student Achievement.

The Student Achievement module will take you through the key aspects of student progress and achievement and includes:

Charter Review Module

Charter Review

The charter should be the basis of all school decision making and a vital tool in improving student achievement outcomes. 

The Charter Review module will take you through the key aspects of charter review and includes:

Employer Role Module

EmployerRole

The board is the employer of all staff at the school and is responsible for a range of decisions and tasks that arise during the employment relationship. 

The Employer Role module will take you through the key aspects of the employer role and includes:

Principal Performance Review module

Performance Management Review

The purpose of this module is to assist board members to develop and implement a performance management policy and process.

The Principal Performance Review module will take you through the key aspects of principal performance review and includes:

Student discipline module

Student Disipline

This online module is designed to empower board members to make appropriate suspension decisions.  The purpose of the student discipline module is to support trustees to follow the correct procedure for every student suspension.

The student discipline module will take you through the key aspects of student discipline and includes:

Health and Safety module

Health and Safety at Work Act

The purpose of the Health and Safety module is to assist board members to understand the changes to health and safety legislation effective from 4th April 2016.

On completion of this module participants will have an understanding of:

Vulnerable Children Act

VCA

The purpose of the Vulnerable Children Act module is to assist board members to understand the Vulnerable Children 2014 legislation.

On completion of this module participants will be able to:

Principal Appointment Module

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Selecting and appointing a new principal is one of the most important responsibilities of the board.  Following an effective process is critical to finding the right person for the role.

The Principal Appointment E-learning module will provide information about:

Feedback

During the year NZSTA will be adding to the menu of modules and invites you to give them a try.  We would be delighted to receive any feedback on any of our on-line learning. Please send your feedback to the Senior Advisor Governance

Webinars

Webinars are informative and practical on-line professional development in various applications and topics relevant to trustees. You are able to access recordings and transcripts of previous webinars to work through by yourself or with other members of your board.

Access to recordings of each webinar for boards of trustees.

Information about viewing these recordings is available in the box on the right-hand side of this page. If you have any queries about these recordings, please contact training.services@minedu.govt.nz.

Inclusive Education

This webinar will assist boards of trustees to prioritise aspirations for learners with special education needs as you review your charter and look at targets for next year. It covers:

  • What is inclusive education?
  • Why should schools aim to be fully inclusive?
  • Who are learners with special education needs?
  • How can boards become more inclusive?

Driving change for Pasifika success

This webinar is designed to cover the Board’s responsibilities in four key areas:

  • ensuring boards and school staff having essential knowledge and understanding of the rich cultural heritage that our Pasifika children bring to our schools, their realities outside of the classroom and the importance of ensuring we see each child through their own cultural lens;
  • being aware of your Pasifika students' achievement rates and knowing what works for and how to work with our Pasifika students and their families;
  • including Pasifika in your board's annual planning and review cycle; and
  • making sure that professional learning and development is provided to all staff so they can confidently engage with and work with Pasifika students and their families.

Welcome aBoard

This webinar is targeted at newly elected trustees, and returning trustees who need a refresher, to understand the board's governance role, its obligations to students, and its primary focus on raising student achievement for all students.

Succession planning

This webinar provides information about how to prepare for the ongoing success of your board and school before the election process. It will help you find out how a new board can take over and be fully prepared for its first meeting, discover whether your documentation for potential trustees is clear and provide helpful information on how to run a legal election process.

Ka Hikitia: Lengthening your stride

This webinar builds on the Stepping up Webinar, helping you, in your governance role, to re-evaluate policy and practice to support the educational needs of Māori learners. You will learn about effective programmes running in schools and kura, including the objectives and findings of Te Kotahitanga. The webinar discussion will focus on strengthening both charter content and operational practices so that you can increase your responsiveness to the focus areas of Ka Hikitia.

Ka Hikitia: Stepping up

This webinar supports you to connect with and implement Ka Hikitia in your school governance role. We introduce the key resources and priority areas for Ka Hikitia and share learning materials to help you increase your understanding of te reo me ona tikanga Māori.

How boards work

'How boards work' covers:

  • The roles of the different trustees
  • Board tools – effective work plans and agendas
  • The use of committees
  • Board planning, review and monitoring
  • The Ministry’s priority groups – Māori, Pasifika and learners with special education needs.

Effective governance for boards of trustees

This webinar covers the broad range of roles and responsibilities of all school boards of trustees. It is pitched for trustees recently elected to the role, but is also a valuable refresher for experienced trustees.

This webinar covers the broad range of roles and responsibilities of all school boards of trustees. It is pitched for trustees recently elected to the role, but is also a valuable refresher for experienced trustees.

The webinar supports the Ministry of Education's key messages in the Effective Governance - Working in Partnership resource about the purpose, principles, and practices of effective governance. It includes:

  • Who is the board?
  • What is effective governance?
  • What information do trustees need?
  • What training and support is available to trustees?
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