|NEW ZEALAND'S EDUCATION
From 2010, the New Zealand Teachers Council/Te Pouherenga Kaiako o Aotearoa (the Council) will begin phasing out the Satisfactory Teacher Dimensions and replacing them with the finalised Registered Teacher Criteria as the standards for teacher registration. Most teachers will continue to use the Satisfactory Teacher Dimensions for registration purposes in 2010. In 2010, the Council will focus on the development of resources and provide training in the use of the Registered Teacher Criteria for teachers, mentors and professional leaders.
The Council began a review of the Satisfactory Teacher Dimensions in October 2006, working with a reference group and writing group. Consultation on the Registered Teacher Criteria was conducted in 2007 and 2008 and the criteria were trialled in a pilot programme in 2009. Feedback from the consultations and the pilot has been used to finalise the Registered Teacher Criteria.
The Registered Teacher Criteria will be used for assessment of all teachers prior to recommendation both for gaining and maintaining full teacher registration. The Registered Teacher Criteria describe the required professional knowledge in practice, and the professional relationships and values for teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand. They have been developed to reflect current thinking and research about quality teaching practice.