In acknowledging World Teacher Day today, the new Education Council says it will soon be seeking feedback from sector on a range of issues including leadership, initial teacher education and improving outcomes for Māori and Pasifika students.
"New Zealand teachers are among the best trained, best qualified and most experienced in the world, according to the 2014 TALIS survey. Today is a day to celebrate teachers’ achievements and the hard work they put in to get the best results for their students," says Council Chairperson, Barbara Ala’alatoa.
Ala’alatoa says the Council is currently looking at how it can best support teachers.
"We do want to attract the best and the brightest and keep them there. We know when societies recognise teachers for the professionals they are, outcomes are better for learners," says Ms Ala’alatoa.
As part of strengthening the profession, the Education Council will soon send out a survey to all teachers, asking for their views on issues such as leadership, initial teacher education and improving outcomes for Māori and Pasifika students.
"Our best work will come from the feedback teachers give us. We are looking forward to working with the profession so that the work we do is relevant."
Ala’alatoa emphasised the Council's position as an independent body.
"We make our own agenda and have our own focus without government influence. We will base our work on evidence; avoiding emotion and serving our profession in the pursuit of better outcomes for our learners."