Charter overview and template
Your charter outlines the key areas your board will focus on, both in the long-term and the coming year.
What to include in your charter
Your charter should include the priorities identified by parents, whānau, and your community and be written in plain language.
The aims and targets included in your charter should be based on evidence and be informed from the outcome of your board's self-review.
The legislative requirements for what a charter must contain are set out in section 61 of the Education Act 1989.
These requirements should be read in conjunction with the National Administration Guidelines.
Charters include 3 main sections. There are the:
- introductory section, including your mission, vision and values
- strategic section, which describe your broad aims over the next 3-5 years, and
- annual section, including specific targets and planned actions.
The use of the following charter template is optional.
An annotated and a blank Microsoft Word version of the charter template are available from the University of Auckland’s Centre for Educational Leadership (UACEL). The charter template has been designed by UACEL and the Ministry of Education.
The following resources might also be useful when developing and preparing your charter.
Contact us if you have difficulty accessing these documents.
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