Understanding the work of the board
Ko te mārama ki ngā mahi a te poari
As a board, you need to understand your full range of responsibilities to perform well. The good news is the key work areas of every school board are set out in law and cover important governance-related areas such as strategic leadership and setting the vision for your school, legal compliance, policy development and defining the delegations of your principal.
In a nutshell, you are responsible for school leadership and strategy and for having the policies and processes in place to monitor and report on your school’s progress and to engage with your school community.
Not sure where to start? Keep reading this guide – and check out the useful resources attached here to guide you.
You may want to sign up for the NZSTA professional development programme or contact us with your questions. The good news is there’s plenty of help and support available from NZSTA to help guide you.
What you need to know about the work of the board
As a board, you are responsible for seven key work areas, which are:
- development and ongoing review of the school charter.
- monitoring and reviewing your school’s progress.
- putting in place a policy framework.
- employing the principal.
- managing assets.
- ensuring your school’s legal compliance.
- implementing the National Education Guidelines.
How to add new work to the board’s responsibilities
As a board, you can take on additional functions (extra to the seven key areas outlined above) as you see fit and as part of the process of reviewing and updating your policy framework.
Understanding the work of the board related videos
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- Monitoring school finances
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- The Hautū Māori cultural responsiveness and self review tool
- The Hautū tool in action
- The 10 year property plan
- Effective meetings
- Leadership in schools
- Governance in state integrated schools
- Changes to the Education Act
- The role of the Chair in planning and governance
- Role of the student trustee
- Role of the staff trustee
- My governance journey
- My trustee journey part 1 - where we came
- My trustee journey part 2 - where we are going
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- My trusteeship journey
- A new trustee’s journey
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