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
- How Boards work
- New Zealand’s network of schools
- Boards of Trustees data and statistics (external link)
- Board structures
- Board elections
What Boards do
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
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.
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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