Teachers Council: don’t they have to agree with government policy?

The following from Teachers Council http://www.teacherscouncil.govt.nz/ latest Newsletter No. 74 email out. Seems inconsistent with Ministers current thinking? http://www.3news.co.nz/Charter-schools-to-allow-unqualified-teachers/tabid/1607/articleID/263782/Default.aspx



The most powerful impact on the quality of learning for children and young people during their formal education is the knowledge and expertise of the teacher.

The Council reinforces the high value of registered teachers, who are appropriately trained and qualified to teach, as being integral to improving student learning outcomes.

Extensive New Zealand and international research supports the positive difference qualified teachers make to our children’s education (OECD, 2006; Hattie 2009, 2012).

A recent national study of 10 randomly selected early childhood centres has noted that trained and qualified teachers provided children with significantly higher quality of learning experiences than untrained teachers (Te Tari Puna Ora, 2012).

If Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua aim to raise achievement for all students, it is obvious the only solution is to employ qualified and registered teachers.

It is the work of high quality teachers in schools, not governance structures, which really matters.

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