Responsibility for teachers’ professional learning and development (PLD) will be transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Education Council.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye said it makes "complete sense" for the Council to take responsibility for teachers' PLD, particulary as it has a broader statutory remit than the previous Teachers' Council.
The transfer is part of a wider redesign of support for teachers’ PLD.
“The redesign aims to make PLD more responsive to the needs of teachers, education leaders and students, and build greater equity and excellence in priority areas of the curriculum,” says Kaye.
“The transfer has been planned since the start of the PLD redesign programme, and the Education Council has worked closely alongside the Ministry of Education through all the steps of this process."
Around $65 million is invested in teachers' PLD. Last week the Education Minister announced that the Government would provide an additional $24 million over three years for professional learning and development opportunities linked to the new digital technologies curriculum content.
The total amount overseen by the Education Council over a three-year period for PLD will be worth more than $200 million from the start of 2018.