What schools have to do
Every state school in New Zealand has a board of trustees. Board of trustees are made up of parents of students at the school, school staff, community members, student representative/s (for schools with year 9 and older students), and in the case of integrated schools, proprietors’ representatives. The board of trustees’ job is to govern the school. Under the law, board of trustees are required to make sure:
- that all students at the school get an education and achieve to their highest standard, AND;
- that the school is physically and emotionally safe for all students and staff, AND;
- observe and uphold student and human rights, AND;
- take steps to eliminate discrimination and bullying, AND;
- be inclusive of students with different needs, AND;
- give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.