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Code of Professional Responsibility + Standards for Teaching Profession

The Code sets out the high standards for ethical behaviour that are expected of every teacher. The Standards describe the expectations of effective teaching practice.

Together they set out what it is and what it means, to be a teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Code of Professional Responsibility replaced the Code of Ethics from 30 June 2017 and applies to all certificated teachers and those who have been granted a Limited Authority to Teach, in every role and teaching context. 

The values of whakamana, manaakitanga, pono and whanaungatanga underpin Our Code, Our Standards. They define, inspire, and guide us as teachers. 

WHAKAMANA: empowering all learners to reach their highest potential by providing high-quality teaching and leadership.

MANAAKITANGA: creating a welcoming, caring and creative learning environment that treats everyone with respect and dignity.

PONO: showing integrity by acting in ways that are fair, honest, ethical, and just.

WHANAUNGATANGA: engaging in positive and collaborative relationships with our learners, their families and whānau, our colleagues, and the wider community.

Teaching Council Our Codes Our Standards
Describes the expectations of effective teaching practice

You can download a digital copy of Our Code, Our Standards | Ngā Tikanga Matatika, Ngā Paerewa.

As itinerating specialist resource teachers, RTLB work across schools/kura and clusters of schools. 

Each of the 40 clusters are employed by a lead school board of trustees and are therefore subject to the lead school employment policies and protocols. 

RTLB act ethically, promoting positive values and maintaining and raising professional standards. 

They do this by:

  • gaining ongoing written, informed consent from families, whānau, or caregivers during their work
  • familiarising themselves with relevant school policies and procedures relating to the safety and wellbeing of mokopuna
  • following cluster policies and protocols 
  • adhering to relevant school policies and procedures related to the safety and wellbeing of mokopuna.