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Interactive forum: New codes and standards for teachers

Started by Tessa Gray 14 Nov 2017 12:49pm () Replies (4)

As you know, the Education Council has updated the older Practising Teacher criteria to the new codes and standards for New Zealand teachers.

Our Code Our Standards has been crafted by teachers, leaders and teaching experts to articulate the expectations and aspirations of our profession. https://educationcouncil.org.nz/content/our-code-our-standards

Usually we craft a forum and then invite you to add your own stories, ideas, templates and resources. In this forum, we invite you to do the same – but in an interactive mind map. What would you add to this kete for others to use as they navigate their way through the codes and standards, professional inquiry and appraisal? Please feel free to add your own examples, templates and resources.



  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2017 9:43pm ()

    Kia ora tatou, just need to confirm, this is a shared mind map, we can now embed this above, the actual full version is waiting your input here: http://bit.ly/2yY8Etd 

    Ie: I've just realised I need to add a framework to support Pasifika learners too, so I'll go and add that too. Any of your ideas, templates welcome and feel free to on-share smiley!

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 16 Mar 2018 11:22am ()

    Our Codes and Standards provide professional guidelines for NZ teachers to weave into their practice. These guidelines are particular to New Zealand, and demonstrate the bi-cultural partnership we honour, as part of te titiri o Waitangi.

    What’s changed? 

    The Educational Council website has provided the following updates from the previous Registered Teacher Criteria;

    To help you and your colleagues get familiar with the Standards and how they relate to your setting, we've developed a Quality Practices Template [.doc]. You can use the Alignment Matrix [.doc] to integrate the Standards into your existing appraisal system.

    Why Culturally responsive practice?

    If we look closer at research and statistics in New Zealand, we can clearly see an education gap between Māori and non-Māori. This flows through to inequities in employment, income and overall well-being, hence the moral imperative for teachers to find ways to address this gap. Other statistics show Māori learners do considerably better in Māori Medium contexts that English Medium, hence the urgency for mainstream teachers to explore/understand what works for Māori (and Pasifika) students and apply this in their own settings.

    Māori achievement profile

    Tātaiako provides a set of cultural competencies focused on raising achievement for Māori while Tapasā Cultural Competencies provide a framework for teachers to help Pasifika learners meet their potential in education. For more discussions, see Frameworks to help teachers support Māori learners.

    Evidencing your practice


    Schools and kura have/are introducing inquiry processes that encourage teachers to reflect on their practice; that will in turn will make a positive difference to student learning. It makes sense for teacher inquiry to be linked to school-wide processes for performance management and appraisal; in line with the Codes and Standards. All of this can be evidenced for teachers to use throughout their professional journey and educators are increasingly using digital tools such as:


    For more discussions on digital tools and examples of teacher e-portfolios, see Appraisal, codes and standards and your e-learning goalsWant more? Keep an eye out for next week’s spotlight webinar recordings including:

      SpotlightSPOTLIGHT WEBINAR: Digital portfolios for teachers, March 20


     SPOTLIGHT WEBINAR: Seesaw and teacher e-portfolios, March 27

    In the interests of teacher workloads, what tricks and tips do you use to make Inquiry/appraisal both manageable and relevant in your school/kura? We'd love to hear more. smiley

  • Jane Armstrong Bos (View all users posts) 20 Mar 2018 2:15pm ()

    The six teacher standards have been "unpacked" using e-learning examples to illustrate each standard on the new Enabling e-Learning webpage, Teacher standards and e-learning.

    Using these examples, teachers can:

    • identify how their current practice in e-learning supports the standards and record this in appraisal documents
    • use the e-learning examples to develop their own practice and inform teacher inquires.

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