Board of Trustees

Every state and state integrated school in New Zealand has a Board of Trustees. Their role is to govern and manage the school, which includes planning and reporting, and employing staff to run the school. Boards have specific responsibilities under the Education Act 1989 to help them help students learn and achieve.

How boards work

What Boards do

What Boards do

Boards and legislation

Boards and legislation 

Legislation and regulations form the framework within which all Boards of Trustees operate. The framework informs all their decisions and actions. It’s important Boards understand their legal obligations and accountabilities to ensure the best outcomes for all of their students.

Support for Boards of Trustees

Support for Boards of Trustees

Supporting Boards of Trustees in their school governance and management role helps them to help their students to learn and achieve.

The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA)

NZSTA is contracted by us to support Boards of Trustees in the undertaking of their roles and responsibilities. NZSTA provides practical support, advice, resources and professional development opportunities to help Boards govern and manage their schools.

For more on the support available for Boards of Trustees, visit NZSTA (external link)
For more on becoming a trustee and Board elections, visit NZSTA’s School Trustee Elections (external link) site.

NZSTA and ERO have produced useful guidance for Boards:

Download NZSTA’s Making a difference - Trustee booklet (public) and Trusteeship – A guide for school Trustees (NZSTA members only) (external link)  
Download ERO’s School Trustees Booklet – Helping you ask the right questions (external link)

Tools for Schools

You’ll also find our resources for Boards of Trustees at Tools for schools – templates, guidance and forms to help schools with their day-to-day running of school network processes and procedures.

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