Date
21 July 2019

Meet national and international obligations, policies, and guidelines​

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Meeting your legal responsibilities and other obligations’

Plan for bicultural practice

Plan for bicultural practice

Kilbirine School Board Chair, Chris Montgomerie explains how the BoT built an inclusive bicultural approach within the school.

New Zealand Disability Strategy

New Zealand Disability Strategy

New Zealand schools are bound by the New Zealand Disability Strategy.

The strategy’s vision is of a society that values the lives and enhances the full participation of disabled people. It provides a framework to guide government agencies, which are required to report annually on what they are doing to realise this vision.

Objective 1 outlines obligations to encourage and educate for a non-disabling society.

Objective 3 outlines obligations to provide the best education for disabled people.

Objective 13 outlines obligations to enable disabled children and youth to lead full and active lives.

Source: The New Zealand Disability Strategy (opens in a new tab/window)

International obligations

International obligations

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

New Zealand schools are bound by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which New Zealand ratified in 2008. Article 24 relates to the education of people with disabilities.

Signatories to the convention are committed to ensure equal access to:

  • primary and secondary education
  • vocational training
  • adult education
  • lifelong learning.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

New Zealand Disability Strategy

Publisher: Ministry of Social Development

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The New Zealand Curriculum

The New Zealand Curriculum

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Meet legal responsibilities and obligations”:

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