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Minister to launch Teacher Registration Document

1 March 2006

Minister to launch Teacher Registration Document

A new expanded edition of the resource, Towards Full Registration, which has been published jointly by the New Zealand Teachers Council and the Ministry of Education, will be officially launched by the Minister of Education, Hon Steve Maharey, at Rangikura School, Porirua, on 6 March. Along with representatives from the education sector, teachers from local schools, kura and early childhood centres have been invited.

Joanna Beresford, the Council Chair, said “The Council is committed to ensuring that all newly qualified teachers in New Zealand have access to sound advice and guidance programmes and quality mentoring to provide a firm foundation for their future professional growth”.

The 2005 review of Towards Full Registration takes into account two key changes that have occurred in the regulations relating to teacher registration in New Zealand:  the recently developed strategic plan for early childhood education now requires all teacher-led early childhood education services to phase in the registration of their staff and to meet the target set by the government by 2012; and  from the beginning of 2006, as a result of agreement with Te Ržnanga Nui o Ngą Kura Kaupapa Mąori o Aotearoa, the registration requirements for kura kaupapa Mąori teachers are now identical to those for English medium schools.

Peter Lind, the Director of the Council, explained that “While much of the original material is retained, the resource includes new sections that cover registration for early childhood education services and kura kaupapa Mąori, and is useful for teachers in other Mąori immersion settings.

“The new resource is the result of wide consultation, particularly in developing the early childhood education and kura kaupapa Mąori sections. Many individuals and organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand have contributed to the review of this publication. These include representatives from a range of teacher unions and sector organisations, as well as initial teacher education providers.”

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