Honouring Te Tiriti in education

“As teachers, we are committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and we understand this has implications in all of our practice.”
This statement is an excerpt from the recently published Education Council Code and Standards of Practice.  The Code and Standards are based on values of whakamana, manaakitanga, pono, whanaungatanga. They reflect a commitment from the Education Council to Treaty-honouring relationships and the expectation that all teachers will contribute to better understanding and relationships within their practice.
One starting point in meeting these standards is ensuring that teachers have a good grasp of the Treaty in the context of education. Groundwork: Facilitating Change has recently developed a new workshop to support teachers and school staff in understanding the Treaty and its implications for their work. The course has received great feedback from teachers. See Treaty and education for more details about the course.

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