Proposed changes to strengthen Teaching Council processes

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Closes 16 Jun 2021

Consultation Contents

1. What region do you live in?
2. How old are you?
3. What ethnic group/s do you identify with? Select as many options as you want.
4. Do you agree that too many cases are being referred to the DT?
5. Do you agree that the requirement for the CAC to reach agreement with parties before setting a sanction is a barrier to timely resolution?
6. Are there any other barriers to timely resolution?
7. Do you agree with the objectives that the DT should deal with all and only the most serious cases, and that the legislation should allow for consistent and transparent application? Are there any other objectives that should be included?
8. Do you agree that the threshold for when cases must be referred to the DT should be changed to whether the DT may need to consider suspension or cancelation? If not, why not? Q.2. Are there any other options that we should have considered? Q.3. Can you think of a way to tighten the definition of serious misconduct so that it captures all and only the most serious cases of misconduct?
9. Do you agree with the objectives regarding the CAC’s processes that they should align with principles of natural justice, ensure timely resolution, protect the public interest, and provide for flexible resolution of cases? Are there any other objectives that should be considered?
10. Do you agree that the requirement for the CAC to reach agreement with parties to the complaint should be removed? Do you agree that the CAC should still be able to resolve cases by seeking agreement or using mediation if it wants?
11. Does the need to include a way to appeal CAC decisions to the DT support the objective to ensure timely resolution? Should both the initiator of the complaint and the teacher be able to appeal a CAC decision to the DT?
12. Do you agree that it is inappropriate for the CAC to retain the power to suspend practising certificates? If not, why not?
13. If the CAC is going to be resolving more serious cases do you think it should be required to publish a summary of cases?
14. Q.1. Do you agree with the proposed change to make it explicit that the Teaching Council can prosecute teachers who are practising without practising certificates? If so why; if not why not? Q.2. Are there any other options that we should have considered?
15. Q.1. Do you agree with the proposed change with respect to how the Council considers the recent teaching experience of teachers in tertiary settings? If not, why not? Q.2. How might these changes affect you?

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