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Boards provide strategic leadership and direction to schools through the charter and policy framework which give direction to guide all school activities and decisions. Leadership involves setting direction, vision and strategy to ensure that every student achieves their educational potential. Please click a thumbnail to start your learning journey. 

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Local curriculum (also known as 'school curriculum') is part of the New Zealand Curriculum. Local curriculum is what your school and teachers use to give young people meaningful learning experiences which are connected to their community(ies).

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Developing a strong, healthy relationship between the board and the principal is one of the most crucial aspects of governing your school effectively. To do that, you need to balance two seemingly conflicting needs: the need to build a respectful and trusting relationship and the need for accountability.

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FairWay Resolution Limited (FairWay) is a specialist dispute resolution organisation with experience facilitating conversations within schools. FairWay work in partnership with NZSTA to assist in conflicts that involve the school board. 

FairWay also offer a range of dispute resolution services that are outside of the board’s jurisdiction to assist you to:

  1. Deal with issues quickly to avoid prolonged and ongoing disruption to your students’ education and the working environment of your staff;

  2. Reduce reputational risk from unwanted and unnecessary media attention;

  3. Preserve relationships between staff, students, parents and members of the community.

In this module, FairWay discusses common causes of conflict.

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Do you wish to find out more about the presiding member role? Find out more about the key legislative requirements for the presiding member role and meetings, and managing key relationships.

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How does your board handle requests from the public to have speaking rights at your board meetings? What are some approaches and strategies that can be used? Find out more here.

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Inclusive education is about the full participation and achievement of all learners. Inclusive schools are welcoming, accommodating of and adaptive to the needs of students, staff, parents, whānau and visitors alike.

What is the board's role in leading an inclusive school environment?

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Approving Board Minutes

School boards are required to have written records of their meetings. How does this process occur? Learn more here.

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Each school board has flexibility and choice how to implement its own policies and practices, to ensure orderly, productive meetings. No one board needs to be organised the same as another, though practice and procedures must be consistent with legislation and charter obligations. 

Find out more about the commonly used process which boards use for decision making processes.


Each school board is a crown entity and has the authority to govern the school. At times the board may delegate or pass aspects of authority to other people and/or committees to complete certain aspects. Find out more in this module.

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