Working well as a board
Ko te mahi tahi hei poari
As board members, you share a common purpose of ensuring all students receive the best possible education.
To achieve this, you have to work well as a board, respecting the strengths and diverse range of knowledge and skills each board member brings to the table. You also need to show leadership and develop a good understanding of one another’s roles. You need to understand the basics of governance and be willing to foster a strong board culture among your team.
Monitoring and reporting on the board relationship is also part of working well as a board, as is engaging with the wider school community to ensure they understand how you are progressing as a board.
Not sure where to start? Keep reading this guide – and check out the useful resources attached here to guide you.
You may want to sign up for the NZSTA professional development programme or contact us with your questions. The good news is there’s plenty of help and support available from NZSTA to help guide you.
What you need to know about the board make-up
All boards are a mix of elected/selected parent representatives (between three and seven on each board), the principal, a staff representative, a student representative (this applies to schools with students above year 9 only), proprietor’s appointees (state-integrated schools only and not more than four on each board), co-opted trustees and appointed trustees (the body corporate). For more information, take part in our professional development module on governance essentials and you’ll get up-to-speed in no time.
How power and influence is distributed on the board
All board decisions must be made in the best interests of all students at the school, with all board members having an equal voice, an equal vote and equal accountability and standing. It’s part of being professional and good at your role. Don’t forget, if you have any questions about your role, you can contact NZSTA. We’re here to help.
Governance support resources