Date
21 July 2019

Review legal requirements under NZ law

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

Revisit the Education Act Amendment 2017

Revisit the Education Act Amendment 2017

Become familiar with the updated legislation.

Part 2: Powers and functions of boards

A board’s primary objective in governing the school is to ensure that every student at the school is able to attain his or her highest possible standard in educational achievement, to the best of his or her potential.

To meet the primary objective, the board must ensure that the school 

  • is a physically and emotionally safe place for all students and staff
  • is inclusive of and caters for students with differing needs.

 

Source: Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 (opens in a new tab/window)

Protect human rights

Protect human rights

Section 57 of the Human Rights Act 1993 states:

"It shall be unlawful for an educational establishment, or the authority responsible for the control of an educational establishment, or any person concerned in the management of an educational establishment or in teaching at an educational establishment

(a) to refuse or fail to admit a personal as a pupol or student; or 

(b) to admit a person as a pupil or a student on less favourable terms and conditions than would otherwise be made available; or

(c) to deny or restrict access to any benefits or services provided by the establishment; or

(d) to exclude a person as a pupil or a student or subject him or her to any other detriment; –

by reason of any of the prohibted grounds of discrimination." 

Source: Human Rights Act 1993 (opens in a new tab/window)

Protect the rights of the child

Protect the rights of the child

Child Protection Consultant, Rachel Bell explains the legislation that requires boards to have a Child Protection Policy in place within their school.

Support all national languages

Support all national languages

Ensure the NZ Sign Language Act 2006 is honoured.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Education Act 1989

Publisher: Parliamentary Counsel Office

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Website

Human Rights Act 1993

Publisher: Parliamentary Counsel Office

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Website

New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006

Publisher: Parliamentary Counsel Office

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Next steps

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

Return to the guide “The role of the board of trustees”

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