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The Practising Teacher Criteria

The Practising Teacher Criteria set out mandatory criteria for teachers who are seeking to gain full registration or to renew their practising certificates.


The Practising Teacher Criteria were developed by the Education Council on the basis of evidence from a range of research and expert sources about dimensions of quality teaching practice. As part of their development, the criteria were piloted with teachers and other educators. This process also included extensive consultation.

The criteria describe elements of professional knowledge in practice and the relationships and values required for successful teaching. Because these elements are common to all teaching, regardless of the context or teachers’ experience, the Education Council regards the criteria as able to support professional growth for teachers at all stages of their careers.


Overarching statements

Four overarching statements guide the criteria:

  • Teachers play a critical role in enabling the educational achievement of all ākonga/ learners.
  • The Treaty of Waitangi extends equal status and rights to Māori and Pākehā. This places a particular responsibility on all teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand to promote equitable learning outcomes.
  • In an increasingly multi-cultural Aotearoa New Zealand, teachers need to be aware of and respect the languages, heritages and cultures of all ākonga.
  • In Aotearoa New Zealand, the Code of Ethics/ Ngā Tikanga Matatika commits certified teachers to the highest standards of professional service in promoting the learning of those they teach.


Criteria and key indicators

Twelve criteria are set out around two professional dimensions:

  • Professional relationships and professional values – Fully certified teachers engage in appropriate professional relationships and demonstrate commitment to professional values.
  • Professional knowledge in practice – Fully certified teachers make use of their professional knowledge and understanding to build a stimulating, challenging, and supportive learning environment that promotes learning and success for all ākonga.

The Practising Teacher Criteria provide key indicators for the criteria to make explicit what they look like in practice. A handbook to support the Practising Teacher Criteria also includes reflective questions to help teachers to question their practice and explore how they might demonstrate the criteria.

Decisions about the evidence to use to demonstrate criteria need to take account of the purpose of the exercise, for example, whether for formal appraisal or for mentoring during induction, the intent of the criteria, and the four overarching statements. 

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