TEFANZ Newsletter No.12: Noema 2022

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The executive met for a half day online hui on 18th October. The hui included updates from Michael Thorn (Policy Manager, NZ Teaching Council) and Helen Walter (Manager of Quality Teaching and Learning, Ministry of Education). Fiona Ell (Former TEFANZ executive member) accompanied Michael in her new role as ITE representative on NZ Teaching Council. Minutes from the executive will be posted on the TEFANZ website in due course.

Rosina Merry as chair will represent TEFANZ at the Deans hui to be held in Nelson in January 2023.

The next executive meeting will be held Wednesday 15th March 2023.

The TEFANZ 2023 annual forum will be held on 27 & 28th June at the University of Otago. This will have a curriculum refresh focus. Details will be released closer to the date.

Teaching Council

Initial Teacher Education Advisory Group (ITEAG): Emily Nelson represents TEFANZ on the ITEAG. The ITEAG met online on 30 September to consider what programme monitoring, review and national moderation should look like. The Teaching Council proposed a hiatus for the ITEAG whilst a smaller working group was formed to consider these three foci in depth. The working group will report to ITEAG with a proposed approach in approximately six months. Themes that emerged across the morning included: monitoring, moderation and review should centre around a focus of learning from each other in the ITE profession, the elements should talk to each other (what are the links between monitoring, review and moderation?), the governing bodies should align in what they are asking for e.g. NZQA and Teaching Council, final approaches should incorporate the best of existing systems (CUAP, NZQA, Teaching Council). A distinction was made between moderation that is completed business as usual within our ITE programmes and ‘national moderation’. Discussion indicated that we might identify key topics for national moderation, so that as a profession we get a robust view of what is happening across the ITE sector. The Ministry of Education also shared their intention to host three ITE forums in 2023 around curriculum design, implementation and communications with regard to the Curriculum Refresh.

Tui Summers represented TEFANZ at the review of conduct and competence key stakeholder hui held by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand on 25-26th October. During the hui stakeholders participated in a discussion about the reciept, investigation, hearing, decisions and review of reports and complaints about alleged teacher conduct and/or competence. This was one of a series of hui to gather information and advice from stakeholders as the Teaching Council review their disciplinary and competence processes.

Pending changes to legislation relating to a lower threshold for complaints to be considered by the Complaints Assessment Committee as opposed to the Disciplinary Committee have provided an opportunity to engage with the profession about these new rules to take effect 29th July 2023. It is planned that further hui will take place to identify how identified issues and changes to the Teaching Council processes and rules are reflected in the new rules.

TEFANZ fees for 2022/2023

TEFANZ membership runs from July to July. No fees were charged for the July 2021 to July 2022 period due to the Covid environment and reduced face to face advocacy opportunities for the TEFANZ executive. Because face to face advocacy and other TEFANZ activities have returned to what they were like pre-pandemic membership fees will be sought from members for 2022 to 2023.

Other news

World Federation of Associations for Teacher Education (WFATE) Seventh Biennial Conference. Re-imagining Teacher Education: From Words to Action. Pre-conference: July 11, 2023. Conference: July 12-14 2023. University of Victoria British Columbia Canada. See more details here https://www.worldfate.org/conferences.php

2022 ERO publications are available at https://ero.govt.nz/our-research

This newsletter aims to keep our members up to date on TEFANZ activities and the national ITE landscape more generally. It will also be used to advertise opportunities to participate in policy or research activities that are offered to or generated by TEFANZ. We welcome contributions by member organisations who would like to connect with other members through this medium. We hope you find it useful and we are happy to receive feedback (via Tui Summers, tui.summers@ecnz.ac.nz).

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