Boards of schools and kura
This page links to information and resources regarding school board constitutions, responsibilities, elections, governing legislation and more.
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Further reading on these topics is essential as it regards information and mandatory action for board members.
- About school boards
- What boards do
- How boards work
- Support for boards
- Board elections
- Resources for boards
Every state and state-integrated school or kura in New Zealand has a board. A board's core role is to govern its school(s) or kura.
Governance of a school/kura includes things such as:
- setting the strategic direction and targets for the school/kura
- planning towards and reporting on achieving those targets
- curriculum management
- financial and property management
- policies and procedures
- health and safety
- employment of staff at the school or kura.
The Education and Training Act 2020 made some changes to strengthen school governance and focus on what matters most for learners and their whānau. This means boards have specific responsibilities under the Act, as well as other Acts and legislation.
- roles and responsibilities
- relevant legislation, and
- consulting on school rules.
- board structures
- boards of schools other than state schools.
- New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA)
- interventions at schools and kura.
- triennial, mid-term and by-elections
- election planning
- election extensions
- election validations and invalidations
- board elections funding
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