Teacher appraisal and registration
Teacher appraisal should be a useful process that helps teachers to improve their practice
Resources and guidelines
Collected here (above) are a number of documents that can help schools to design systems that:
- Are meaningful and developmental
- Meet regulatory and employment requirements
- Show accountability.
Often teachers find the process arduous and unhelpful. Schools' processes range from the minimal to the monstrous and a range of commercial operators are rushing in to offer expensive packages in the vacuum that many schools feel exists.
Using the resources listed on this page should enable schools to develop helpful and robust processes.
The documents are designed to be used by:
- School leaders when designing and implementing appraisal policies and practices
- Middle leaders in schools thinking about how to make appraisal work in their learning area or department
- The PPTA branch if it would like to engage with the school's leadership about appraisal practices.
Teacher appraisal guidelines: To improve not just to prove
These simple guidelines describe what appraisal is for and what a good appraisal process should do. This document is for the people who design and implement appraisal systems in schools and branches that want to investigate their school processes. They give advice on the types of documents that support good processes, and on what should be considered when moving to web based systems for documenting appraisal.
Appraisal using the Standards and Criteria
This more detailed document describes the relationship between the professional standards and registered teacher criteria and what schools need to know about these. There are some examples of how schools can get this wrong, and a checklist to make sure that they are being used correctly.
These are the professional standards for teachers from the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) and the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA).
Practising Teacher Criteria (PTC)*
This is the document from the Education Council which describes the criteria.
All teachers need to be using the PTC as their registration falls due.
The PTC are now mandatory for all teachers renewing or reapplying for a Practising Certificate.
If schools are not aware of the PTC, or appear to be implementing them in ways that are onerous and low-trust, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
*The Registered Teacher Criteria are now called the Practising Teacher Criteria, although the criteria and key indicators remain the same. (Due to changes in the Education Act 1989 that passed into law as the Education Amendment Act on 12 February 2015).
Education Council does not require extensive collection of evidence by experienced teachers
Some schools are justifying extensive collection of evidence by experienced teachers because "the Education Council requires it", which is untrue - PPTA confirmed this with the Teachers Council (pre change to Education Council).
Rumours that the council now requires teachers to maintain an e-portfolio of evidence are also untrue. However, individual schools may require this information for appraisal purposes.
As long as a school's appraisal and attestation systems are sound, these should not make a substantial difference to current practice.
Teacher Performance Management
This website from the Ministry of Education describes some of the requirements around performance management of teachers for Boards of Trustees.
These are the documents that the Education Council have developed to support schools using the criteria.
Ruia Appraisal Planner
This is a website developed by the Ministry of Education to help schools to design and implement appraisal processes to raise achievement of Maori students.
* was called Registered Teacher Criteria (Education Act Amendment, came into force 2015)
Payment of secondary and area school teachers practising certificates
One of the provisions won in the recent settlements of the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA), Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA) and Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement (SPCA) was that the Ministry of Education would pay all practising certificate fees for teachers and principals covered by these agreements.
Advice (pdf documents) attached to the top of this section should answer the most burning questions members may have.
If you are eligible to be exempt from the payment of the practising certificate fee, please download and attach this document to your application:
Confirmation of teacher eligibility for exemption from the payment of the Education Council practising certificate fee (pdf on Education Council website)
You and your principal will need to sign this.
If you are eligible to apply for a reimbursement of the practising certificate fee, please download and submit this document:
Confirmation of teacher eligibility for reimbursement of the payment of the Education Council practising certificate fee (pdf on Education Council website)
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