A Memorandum of Understanding to improve student safety

Published: Fri 19 Dec 2014 11:55 AM
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve student safety
The New Zealand Teachers Council and the New Zealand School Trustees Association are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
“Students are the reason for this MoU. We want students to feel their schools are safe and encouraging places where their learning needs are met”, NZSTA President Lorraine Kerr said today.
The two organisations have previously had an informal agreement to work together to strengthen communications and develop collaborative strategies. This formal MoU takes that to the next level, with specific commitments and agreed processes.
“This MoU shows both organisations’ commitment to a safe, supportive and high quality learning environment for all students”, NZTC Acting Director Rob McIntosh said.
The MoU will help Boards of Trustees to understand their obligations as employers. This includes how and when they are obliged to report unsafe, inappropriate or incompetent staff behaviour to the Teachers Council.
The strengthened flow of information will also help Boards to make good choices when appointing new staff, to ensure only safe and competent teachers are responsible for students’ learning and safety.

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