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The 2019 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are proudly supported by the following organisations:

Education council     ERO       NZSTA

Current awards status
Now opening 25 February 2019
Awards close 5 April 2019


 Education Council 

The Education Council is the professional body for all teachers. The Council is independent, and acts in the interests of teachers to:

  • enable and support leadership to teachers and direction for the education profession, including teacher education, continued professional and leadership development
  • establish and maintain the criteria for teacher registration, the standards for ongoing practice, and the criteria for issuing practising certificates
  • monitor and maintain the requirements relating to conduct, competence, and impairment
  • establish and maintain a code of professional responsibility for teachers.

Visit the Education Council's website.

 Education Review Office 

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the quality of education in the pre-tertiary sector.

ERO reviews about 800 schools and 1300 early learning services each year. ERO uses the information collected from individual school reviews and other specific evaluations to evaluate topics of national interest relating to the implementation of education policies and education issues. These national reports and good practice guides are available on ERO's website. ERO also undertakes specific contracts with Crown agencies, such as the Ministry of Education.

ERO's reports are used by parents, teachers, early childhood education managers, school principals and trustees, and by government policy makers.

Visit ERO's website.

 New Zealand School Trustees Association 

The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) is a national organisation whose mission is to lead and strengthen school governance in New Zealand.

It is responsible for delivering a fully integrated range of services designed to support and enhance board capability in its governance and employer role. Key areas of activity are:

  • representation to central government and other agencies of the views of member boards of trustees
  • production of many publications and other written material to support boards
  • provision of "added value" services for member boards of trustees
  • provision of advice, support and professional development for boards of trustees.

NZSTA also provides, under contract to the Ministry of Education, for all boards:

  • provision of expert Employment and Governance Advisory services to boards of trustees
  • provision of 0800 782 435 employment and governance advisory and support centre, on all aspects of trusteeship
  • an Emergency Staffing Scheme
  • free professional development and support solutions in all regions.

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“The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand is proud to be a strategic partner of the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. These awards remind us to celebrate and share the extraordinary teaching and learning that take place every day in our schools and services. Seeing the joy, excitement and pride of the award recipients is a highlight for everyone who attends the ceremony.”

Dr Graham Stoop
Chief Executive
Education Council


"The Education Review Office is committed to the achievement of equity and excellence in our education system and as such we are delighted to be a strategic partner of the Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards. The Awards provide an opportunity to publicly profile, acknowledge and celebrate excellence in our system."

Nicholas Pole
Acting Chief review officer
Education review office


“Boards of Trustees are an important part of the New Zealand education system. They help to create a climate of high expectations leading to excellence in education. It is with this in mind that New Zealand School Trustees Association is honoured to be one of the strategic partners for the Prime Minister’s Excellence Awards. Being recognised and acknowledged for that excellence has to be the ‘icing on the cake’ for the award recipients. Kia kaha.”

Lorraine Kerr mnzm
New Zealand School Trustees Association


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