Effective governance


These Ministry of Education “Effective Governance” publications support school trustees in their important role

Supporting education success as Maori

Boards of trustees are accountable for the performance of their schools and kura. The key focus of their role is raising student achievement. This is particularly important when we look at the success of Māori students in our education system.

As a board, you are responsible for leading and supporting the changes that will allow Māori students at your school to achieve education success as Māori. In many schools, these changes are already underway.

This resource has been developed for boards of English-medium schools. It aims to help you to empower your school to take positive action. Whether your school has only a few Māori students or Māori students are the majority, they have a legal right to effective education under the Treaty of Waitangi, and their success is critical to New Zealand's school system. This resource will point you toward further resources and assistance that will help you steer your school along its journey towards Māori enjoying education success as Māori.

Read: Effective governance - Supporting education success as Māori

Supporting Pasifika success

As a board, you play a vital role in deciding and leading the future direction and performance of your school.

These guidelines are a valuable resource for boards on how to implement the Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017. They will help you understand your governance role, how to fulfil the responsibilities that go with it - in particular, the responsibility to meet the needs and lift the achievement of all students, with a specific focus on your Pasifika students.

These guidelines have been developed for boards of English-medium schools. They outline the different supports available for boards across the country and provide a few examples of how various boards are working to contribute to Pasifika students' achievement. The guidelines are relevant to all schools, from those that have only a few Pasifika students to those where Pasifika students are the majority.

This resource provides a good starting point for your board's planning, practices and performance to support your Pasifika students, their families and their communities. It will help you to build the Pasifika competencies, capabilities, and capacities of your school so that it can be more responsive to your Pasifika students' needs.

Read: Effective governance - Supporting Pasifika success

Building inclusive schools

As a board, you play a vital role in leading the future direction and performance of your school.

These guidelines are a valuable resource for boards on how to show ethical leadership and build an inclusive school with confidence.

They will help you understand your 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

As a board, you play a vital role in leading the future direction and performance of your school and good record keeping is an important part of that role.

Good record-keeping:

helps the board manage its work;
helps protect the board from legal liability;
helps the board meet formal, legal requirements under a number of Acts; and
is an essential reference and source of information for future boards.
This resource explains each of these reasons further and offers some practical suggestions about how to keep good records.

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

Read: Effective governance - Keeping your records straight

Working in partnership

Effective governance - working in partnership has been developed to help school boards of trustees understand their governance role and responsibilities. As a trustee, if you are clear about your role and responsibilities and what you are accountable for, then you have a sound basis for thinking about the accountabilities, roles and responsibilities of others in the school.

To support school trustees in their important role, the Ministry of Education commissioned BoardWorks International, and worked with the New Zealand School Trustee Association (NZSTA), to produce Effective governance - Working in partnership. This resource outlines effective governance's purpose, principles and practices.

Read: Effective governance - Working in partnership

How boards work

Boards of trustees provide strategic leadership and direction to schools. They are accountable for the performance of their schools and kura, and the key focus of their role is the improvement of student progress and achievement.

A number of factors influence student achievement, including the board's own performance. How boards work 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 trustees you have. It is an opportunity to review the way things are done, including the previous practice of your school's board. The How boards work resource is a good way to induct your new trustees into what governance is all about.

Read: Effective governance - How boards work

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