These values 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.
The Standards for the Teaching Profession are made up of six standards that provide holistic descriptions of what high-quality teaching practice looks like and what it means to be a teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand. The additional detail contained in the elaborations provides depth and context to the Standards themselves and supports teachers to identify and develop high quality practices in their settings.
The Standards are purposely designed at a high level so every practitioner can apply them to suit the context they are working in.
The Code applies to all certificated teachers (and LATs) in every role and teaching context. It is a set of aspirations for professional behaviour… (replacing the Code of Ethics from 30 June 2017) …and is binding on all teachers.