Strategic planning and reporting - important update for boards

15 May 2019

Kia ora,

You may have heard or read about the recent law change, the Education Amendment Act 2019. One important change for boards is that anticipated changes to their strategic planning and reporting requirements have now been pushed out to the 2023 year.

For your board the law change means “business as usual’ until 2022. Requirements for boards to have charters, 3-5 year strategic plans and an annual plan remain as they are until 2022 when the transition process to the new planning and reporting framework will commence.

So for boards right now “business as usual” means:

  • Term 3 2019: community consultation in term 3 (unless completed in 2018)
  • By 1 March 2020 submit updated charter to the Ministry of Education including the usual supporting documentation:
    • strategic plan
    • annual plan
    • 2019 analysis of variance
  • By 31 May 2020, submit 2019 Annual Report to the Ministry of Education
  • By 31 May 2020, publish Annual Report on website controlled by your school.​ Note: If your school has no website please get in touch with the Ministry of Education here for an alternative way to report to your school community. 

NZSTA continues to support boards with their charters and all aspects of their responsibilities around their planning and reporting. This remains the critical area of the board’s work. This is so your school’s board can more effectively and simply plan ahead for the highest level of achievement for your students | ākonga, and report on that progress to your school community.

Keep a look out for updates on our website and via our usual communication channels to boards and principals.

More information on these and other changes brought in by the Education Amendment Act 2019 (which came into force on 14 May 2019) is here.

Contact NZSTA on 0800 782 435 for advice and support.


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