Education Act update

Whakahounga Ture Mātauranga


A range of changes to the Education Act 1989 takes effect starting from 19 May 2017.

Why was it changed?

The Education Act, like any legislation, was in need of review due to the changing educational environment we operate in. The roles and responsibilities of boards of trustees were spread throughout the Act. The changes have brought most of the requirements of the governance powers and functions of boards together. The revised Act has statements defining the board as the governing body of the school.

We have created an overview document.

We have created a key update information for boards overview document.

Enduring objectives for the education system

Prohibiting seclusion and creating a legal framework for physical restraint

Clarifying boards of trustees' roles and responsibilities

Creating a more graduated range of interventions

Enabling Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to work together more collaboratively

Improving the management of enrolment schemes

Adding a Purpose Provision for Part 12 of the Education Act 1989 (the Act)

Streamlining the process for establishing designated character schools

Giving the Minister absolute discretion on decisions around schooling provision

Improving the processes around closing or merging schools after an area strategy

From 19 May 2017

Enabling the Minister to combine school boards of trustees in certain circumstances

Formalising the arrangements for off site locations

Updating the legislative framework for state integrated schools

Establishing a Competence Authority for teachers

Attending a board meeting about suspension

From 31 December 2019

Alternative constitution when combining boards

Creating a refocused careers service within the Tertiary Education Commission

From 1 July 2017

Requiring compulsory attendance at school for under sixes

Enabling schools to introduce cohort entry

National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP)

Around May 2018 after public consultation during 2017

Improving planning and reporting

The requirement that the annual report must be made available on the internet site maintained by or on behalf of the board.

The change came into effect on 19 May 2017.

Establishing a regulatory framework for Communities of Online Learning

From January 2020 after the development of appropriate regulatory framework to protect the education, safety and wellbeing of students.

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