Effective governance


These Ministry of Education “Effective Governance” publications were developed for boards of English-medium schools to support school boards in their important governance role. 

Note: Legislation in these useful guides has not yet been updated to reflect recent law changes affecting boards. Contact NZSTA for further advice.

Supporting education success as Māori

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These guidelines are a valuable resource for your board on implementing Ka Hikitia - Accelerating Success

Your board plays a vital role in deciding and leading the future direction and performance of your school, and for leading and supporting the changes that will allow Māori students at your school to enjoy education success as Māori. In many schools, these changes are already underway. 

Read: Effective governance - Supporting education success as Māori

Supporting Pasifika success

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These guidelines provide a good starting point for your board in how to effectively plan to support your Pasifika students, their families and their communities. The Ministry of Education Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030 is also now available to download here.

Your board plays a vital role in deciding and leading the future direction and performance of your school, and for leading and supporting the changes that will meet the needs and lift the achievement of all students at your school, including for your Pasifika students. 

Read: Effective governance - Supporting Pasifika success

Building inclusive schools

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These guidelines were developed to help your board build an inclusive school with confidence. They outline the board’s governance role and how to fulfil the responsibilities that go with it - particularly as they relate to meeting the needs of all the students in your school.

These guidelines should be read together with the other Effective governance resources developed for school boards.

Read: Effective governance - Building inclusive schools

Keeping your records straight

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These guidelines explain why good record keeping is so important and give practical suggestions on how to keep good records.

Good record keeping helps your board to:

  • manage its work
  • avoid legal liability
  • meet formal, legal requirements under a number of Acts
  • keep for the future an essential reference and source of information.                                                                                                                                 

These guidelines have been developed by the Ministry of Education and NZSTA as part of the family of Effective Governance resources to help school boards understand their governance role and how to carry out the responsibilities that go with it.

Read: Effective governance - Keeping your records straight

Working in partnership

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This resource outlines effective governance's purpose, principles and practices.

To support school boards in their important governance role and responsibilities, the Ministry of Education commissioned BoardWorks International, and worked with the New Zealand School Trustee Association (NZSTA), to produce Effective governance - Working in partnership. 

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How boards work

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This resource explains what governance is all about.

School boards provide strategic leadership and direction to schools. They are accountable for the performance of their schools and kura, with a focus on the improvement of student progress and achievement.

A number of factors influence student achievement, including the board's own performance. This resource provides information on developing good systems and processes so that every decision is focused on making a difference for the students in your school.

After a triennial election is a good time to take a fresh look at how your new governance team will operate, regardless of how many (or few) new members you have on your board. It is an opportunity to review the way things are done, including the previous practice of your school's board. 

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