Education Minister Hekia Parata has released a report on the review of New Zealand Teachers Council together with a discussion document proposing the establishment of a new professional body for teaching and education leadership.
The review makes 24 recommendations which fall into four key themes:
- to establish a new professional body - possibly run by teachers for teachers
- the regulatory framework for teachers
- the disciplinary framework
The review recommended clearer separation between becoming registered as a teacher and the issuing of practising certificates, which certify the ongoing competence of teachers.
Another proposal is that in addition to the current Limited Authority to Teach, a broader Authority to Educate is introduced to allow individuals with proven expertise to complement the teaching workforce, thereby creating a new category of unqualified teachers.
The Government has appointed a Ministerial Advisory Group to lead consultation with the sector and the public on the proposals over the next two months.