Professional development

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Effective boards commit to and plan for, ongoing improvement in their governance performance. This involves every trustee, and every board, committing to an annual professional development plan based on individual trustee and board identified needs. Whether this is understanding the board's roles and responsibilities, setting the strategic direction of the school, or monitoring student progress and achievement NZSTA has the professional development solution for you.

NZSTA is at the forefront of school governance and is in the ideal position to provide all boards with the most up-to-date governance support and information.


What can I expect?

All NZSTA professional development is delivered by a group of high quality experienced providers.  Professional development and support opportunities will be delivered at no cost to you or your board.

Participant numbers are limited at every workshop to ensure all trustees have the opportunity to be involved in discussions and ask topical questions relevant to their or their board's needs.

You will leave each workshop with detailed and easy to understand nationally consistent resources, along with details for continued support.

An effective board is one where every member is engaged and contributing fully across these four critical aspects of governance.


Asset 3


Boards provide strategic leadership and direction to schools through the Charter and policy framework which give direction to guide all school activities and decisions. Leadership involves setting direction, vision and strategy to ensure that every student achieves their educational potential. 

Asset 4


School boards and individual trustees are elected to act in an independent, stewardship role on behalf of those who cannot sit around the board table. The representation role includes effective succession planning, options for governing, and the importance of effective and meaningful community consultation and engagement.

Asset 5

Employer role

One of the most important responsibilities of the board is that of the legal employer of all school staff. The board is responsible for a range of decisions and tasks that arise during the employment relationship, including ensuring the policies, plans and programmes in place meet all requirements related to this role.

Asset 2


The board takes its accountability for the performance of students and the school seriously and ensures that the school is well managed, well prepared and on track towards achieving its aims, objectives and targets.

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