Education Act update

Whakahounga Ture Mātauranga


Update May 2019

  • The new planning and reporting framework will now be implemented in 2023.
  • As from 2020 schools with a cohort entry policy will only be able to enrol children from the age of 5 years.

Note: There are ongoing reviews as part of the Government's Education Workplan. We will keep boards and trustees up to date when legislative changes are made as a result of those reviews. 

View this article for more information.

Why was the Education Act 1989 changed?

Since May 2017 there have been wide-ranging changes to the Education Act 1989. Like any legislation the Act needed review due to the changing educational environment we operate in.

We have created an overview document and an outline of Key implications for boards.

Scroll down to read more about these changes.

Annual reports on school website

Boards now need to publish their annual report on their school website. If their school does not have a website the Ministry of Education has a process for publishing the report. It is important for the board to report to its community so they understand the work of the board. This change came into effect on 19 May 2017 section 87AB, Education Act. 

Board planning and reporting

Update May 2019

Key planning and reporting changes are due to come into effect on 1 January 2023. They will include new regulations.

View here for what boards need to know now. 

Boards of trustees' roles and responsibilities - a new schedule 6

From 19 May 2017.

Update May 2019 - The new planning and reporting framework and supported by schedule 6 (7-12) will now be implemented in 2023. 

For more information, read Education Act 1989, schedule 6.

Cohort Entry - enabling schools to adopt a cohort entry policy

Introduced from 3 July 2017. See updated guide for changes effective from 1 January 2020. 

Creating a more graduated range of interventions

Updating the legislative framework for state integrated schools

From 19 May 2017

For more information, read Education Act 1989, Part 33.

Streamlining process for establishing designated character schools

From 19 May 2017.

Update December 2018

From 24 October 2018, more streamlining of processes introduced.

Formalising the arrangements for off site locations

Enduring objectives for the education system

Combining school boards of trustees

From 19 May 2017.

Establishing a Competence Authority for teachers

From 19 May 2017.

Update December 2018

From 29 September 2018, the Education Council was renamed to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP)

Update May 2019

Public consultation on a draft NELP is now postponed. For more information go to the Ministry of Education's website.

Attending a board meeting about suspension

From 31 December 2019

Banning seclusion and creating a legal framework for physical restraint

From 19 May 2017

Update December 2018

From 15 August 2017 Education (Physical Restraint) Rules apply.
August 2017 Guidelines introduced.

Compulsory attendance at school for under sixes

Communities of Online Learning (COOL)

Update May 2019

The new regime was scheduled to come into force from January 2020. The Education Amendment Act 2019 has repealed all provisions relating to Communities of Online Learning. 

Improving the management of enrolment schemes

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

Alternative constitution when combining boards

Clarity to Part 12 and the establishment, closing and merger of schools

Creating a refocused careers service within the Tertiary Education Commission

From 1 July 2017

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