Learning modules


These online learning modules are part of NZSTA's suite of professional development resources. The modules are interactive, informative and approximately 30 – 40 minutes long. They contain links to relevant legislation, have templates for downloading, and can be stopped for board discussion at any time, or repeated as many times as required. Log-in to LMS to complete these modules. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  UPDATES TO THE EDUCATION ACT

Boards of Trustees work within a legislative framework that sets the boundaries and expectations of the power and functions of boards. Amendments to the 1989 Education Act passed into law on 19 May 2017. Please view the Education Act Update page for further information.

Please note, these legislative changes have yet to be reflected in these modules (see especially schedule 6, part 2). 

Welcome aBoard

Welcome aBoard is targeted at newly elected trustees, and returning trustees who need a refresher, to understand the board's governance role, its obligations to students, and its primary focus on raising student achievement for all students. 

The Welcome aBoard module will take you through the key aspects of governance and includes:

  • Key relationships and connections within the board, school, community and wider education sector
  • The governance role of the board and the management role of the principal
  • The board’s accountability for student achievement outcomes and in particular for Maori and Pasifika students and students with special education needs
  • The board’s key governance, planning and review documentation

Haepapa - Effective Governance in Māori Medium

Haepapa module

Haepapa - Effective Governance in Māori Medium is a resource that has been created to support the role for trustees working in Māori medium Level 1 and 2, immersion, bilingual units and Kura ā-iwi,  kura kaupapa Māori and other schools with a high proportion of Māori students.

The Haepapa module will take you through the key aspects of governance and includes:

  • About the board
  • Governance and management
  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • The National Curriculum
  • National Education Guidelines

Student Achievement - Effective Governance

Student achievement effective governance module

The Student Achievement module is a resource that has been created to support trustees to better understand their role in ensuring that the main focus of the board is Student Achievement.

The Student Achievement module will take you through the key aspects of student progress and achievement and includes:

  • Powers, function and focus of the board
  • Principal reporting to the board
  • Reporting on student achievement 

Charter Review

Charter Review module

The charter should be the basis of all school decision making and a vital tool in improving student achievement outcomes.

The Charter Review module will take you through the key aspects of charter review and includes:

  • What school planning and reporting covers
  • What an effective school charter should contain
  • How to go about the charter review
  • What effective reporting covers

Employer Role

Employer Role module

The board is the employer of all staff at the school and is responsible for a range of decisions and tasks that arise during the employment relationship.

The Employer Role module will take you through the key aspects of the employer role and includes:

  • Responsibilities
  • Policies
  • Recruitment
  • Performance management
  • Audit

Principal Performance Review

Principal performance review module

The purpose of this module is to assist board members to develop and implement a performance management policy and process.

The Principal Performance Review module will take you through the key aspects of principal performance review and includes:

  • An explanation of what performance management is
  • The elements of a good policy and process
  • Outlining the key people involved in performance management and explain what their roles are
  • The purpose and benefits of performance management

Health and Safety

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 module

The purpose of the Health and Safety module is to assist board members to understand the changes to health and safety legislation effective from 4 April 2016.

On completion of this module, participants will have an understanding of:

  • The purpose of the Health and Safety at Work Act
  • The impact of the changes
  • How you can assure yourself as a board member that the school is compliant with the new requirements

Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (VCA)

Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (VCA) module

The purpose of the Vulnerable Children Act module is to assist board members to understand the Vulnerable Children 2014 legislation.

On completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between the Vulnerable Children Act and other relevant legislation in the education sector
  • Understand how to implement these requirements, trustees' roles and responsibilities, and those of other in promoting child safety
  • Understand how relevant operating policies and procedures promote child safety practices when recruiting, appointing and employing staff.

Principal Appointment

Principal appointment - a guide to principal appointment a board responsibility

Selecting and appointing a new principal is one of the most important responsibilities of the board. Following an effective process is critical to finding the right person for the role.

The Principal Appointment e-learning module will provide information about:

  • The board's responsibilities in the appointment of a principal
  • The key steps in the appointment of a principal
  • How to create and use selection criteria to find your new leader of learning
  • Where to find more information and support
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