Te aromihi pouako e puta ai ngā ihu o ngā ākonga Māori

Resources supporting the Practising Teacher Criteria

The Practising Teacher Criteria (Criteria) (previously known as the Registered Teacher Criteria) describe the essential knowledge and capabilities required for quality teaching in New Zealand. They apply to all teachers in their everyday professional practice seeking to be issued with a full practising certificate, or renew full certification.


This section comprises resources that accompany the criteria and that school leaders and teachers may find helpful for identifying professional learning needs during appraisal.

The Practising Teacher Criteria supporting resources

These Practising Teacher Criteria supporting resources are designed to help professional leaders understand and implement consistently the Practising Teacher Criteria.

Practising Teacher Criteria and the Ka Hikitia matrix

Practising Teacher Criteria and the Ka Hikitia matrix are based on evidence about the elements of effective teaching practice. Professional discussion around this matrix could help build teachers’ knowledge and understandings about what Māori learners need to succeed in education and could prompt teachers to consider what this implies for their practice.

Practising Teacher Criteria reflection template for senior managers and professional leaders

This reflection template for leaders and senior managers helps them identify the resources they need to support teachers to engage with the Practising Teacher Criteria. It prompts them to consider the professional learning resources available within the school setting and what may be available externally. Leaders explore processes and actions for implementing valid appraisal against the criteria and what they know about their school’s most pressing professional needs.

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