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Conduct, competence & leaving the service

Conduct and Competence

As employers of RTLB, Boards must understand their responsibility for child safety and employment.

In addition, they must know the requirements for mandatory reporting to the Teachers Council, when this needs to occur and the process for reporting. 

Boards must be well-prepared for their role and willing to use external support in employment matters to ensure that correct processes are followed.

Employers, and those advising them, need to put the safety of students first by meticulously complying with the legislation. 

Reporting a Concern
Find out when and how to make a report or complaint

Circular 2014/33 - Mandatory reporting to the New Zealand Teachers Council
About mandatory reporting to the New Zealand Teachers Council

The intended employers for the circular are:

  • Boards of Trustees, Principals of all state and state-integrated schools
  • Managers of all independent schools
  • Sponsors, Principals of all Partnership Schools kura hourua
  • Early childhood providers
  • Appointees to statutory appointments under Part 7A of the Education Act 1989.

Issues within the service

Difficulties between RTLB, or between RTLB and other key stakeholders, are initially managed by a practice leader in a problem-solving manner. 

The cluster manager or principal or tumuaki may be involved if issues are unresolved.

Leaving the service

The lead school or kura principal or tumuaki has responsibility for managing the exit process when an RTLB, for whatever reason, leaves the service.


Content last updated: March 2018