Education Update – Audit newsletter Issue 2 / 2017

Education update

The Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 (the Act) came into effect on 19 May 2017.

One of the changes in the new act is the clarifying of the board of trustees’ roles and responsibilities. There are three changes to the Act, which make boards’ roles and responsibilities clearer:

  1. Brings all the various roles and responsibilities of boards of trustees together in one place in the Act – Schedule 6 of the Education Act 1989
  2. Defines that the Board is the governing body of the school – refer Schedule 4 of the Education Act 1989. “A board is responsible for the governance of the school, including setting the policies by which the school is to be controlled and managed.” States that the “school’s principal is the board’s chief executive in relation to the school’s control and management.”
  3. Places an explicit obligation on boards to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the policies and practices for its school reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity and the unique position of the Māori culture. In performing its functions and exercising its powers, a board must take all reasonable steps to act in a manner that is consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi – refer Clause 16(2) of Schedule 6 of the Education Act 1989.

If you have any questions on the Education (Update) Amendment Act, please get in touch.

Published summer 2017.

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