Teacher appraisal and registration

Teacher appraisal should be a useful process that helps teachers to improve their practice

Payment of secondary and area school teachers practising certificates

One of the provisions won in the 2015 settlements of the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA), Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA), Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement (SPCA), and Area School Principal’s Collective Agreement (ASPCA) was that the Ministry of Education would pay all practising certificate fees for teachers and principals covered by these agreements.

If you are covered by the STCA and your practising certificate expires before the 31st October 2018, your fee will be paid by the Ministry of Education directly to the Education Council.

If you are covered by the ASTCA and your practising certificate expires before the 7th April 2019, your fee will be paid by the Ministry of Education directly to the Education Council.

You will still need to apply for renewal of your practising certificate (Form E30). Your application will need to include an exemption form signed by you and your principal confirming that you are entitled to have the cost of your practising certificate fee paid by the Ministry. The Education Council will process your application and the Ministry of Education will pay the renewal fee. Here is the relevant form:

Confirmation of teacher eligibility for exemption from the payment of the Education Council practising certificate fee (pdf on Education Council website)

If your practising certificate expires after the 31st October or you are applying for your first practising certificate, your fee is no longer covered by the STCA paid by the Ministry of Education, and you will need to pay it yourself.

If your practising certificate expires after the 7th April 2019, your fee is no longer covered by the ASTCA paid by the Ministry of Education, and you will need to pay it yourself.

We are in the process of negotiating the next STCA (and soon the next ASTCA and SPCA) with the government, and part of our claim is that the Ministry once again cover practicing fees. Although we can't promise anything at this stage, please keep your fees receipts because should we be successful, we will also argue for fee exemptions to be backdated, which could result in you being reimbursed.

Note: your fees receipt is on the bottom of the approval letter that a teacher receives once their practising certificate is renewed.

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.

Professional Standards

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.

weblink Practising Teachers 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 enquiries@ppta.org.nz

 *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.

weblinkPerformance management

These are the documents that the Education Council have developed to support schools using the criteria.

weblinkSupporting Resources for the Practising Teacher 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.

weblinkRuia - Teacher appraisal for Māori learners' success


* was called Registered Teacher Criteria (Education Act Amendment, came into force 2015)

Appraisal process chart

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Last modified on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:37