Legal & Governance Essentials for School Leaders 2022

Legal responsibilities and best practice for modern School Leaders

4 - 5 Jul 2022Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland (Live or Virtual)
Event Details

Agenda

8.30
Registration and coffee
9.00
Mihi whakatau
9.05
Opening remarks from the Chair
AKL: Colin Donald, Programme Manager, Leadership & Tui Tuia|Learning Circle, The University of Auckland
WLG: Kaylene Macnee, Tumuaki | Principal, Discovery School
9.10
Educating in a world coexisting with COVID-19
  •  What are schools’ responsibilities and staff requirements around COVID-19 when the mandates are gone?
  • Maintaining attendance, tackling absenteeism and establishing whether parents keeping their child home can be liable for prosecution
  • Working and studying from home: Does this need to be kept as an alternative option for immunocompromised staff and students?
AKL & WEL: Fi McMillan, Senior Associate, Anderson Lloyd
9.50
Implementing Te Tiriti o Waitangi in education
  • Examining Te Tiriti’s increasingly central role in education policy development and education delivery
  • How should Te Tiriti be reflected at a school governance level
  • Co-design with whānau & communities: Building a Tiriti based collective partnership at a school level
  • How does Te Tiriti inform pedagogical practices in Aotearoa, and where do we still need to go?
  • Embedding tikanga Māori into education
  • Improving inclusivity for better learning outcomes
AKL: Dr Keri Milne-Ihimaera, Consultant, Keri Mihi Consulting
Responding to vulnerable students’ needs with the Managed Moves programmes
  • Analysing the Managed Moves programme pilot and the key insights learnt
  • Addressing health, wellbeing and social challenges students today face
  • Reengaging at risk students and keeping them in education
  • How does the Managed Moves programme align with the Learning Support Action Plan and the Alternative Education ‘Ideal’ Model?
WEL: Janette Searle, Development Lead, Managed Moves
10.30
Morning Break
11.00
Setting the responsibilities and relationship between schools and their Boards
  • Understanding the role of a School Board: The difference between being accountable and responsible 
  • Clarifying the Board’s duties, rights, responsibilities and liabilities 
  • Managing conflict and defusing tense situations
  • The board’s role in setting organisational culture
AKL & WEL: Alan Curtis, Educational Governance Consultant, Allscots Associates Limited
11.40
School Leader’s Panel: Applying the insights we have learnt over the last 2 years to overcome future challenges
  • Managing high levels of anxiety and stress present in our communities – how can schools work with their pupils and families to alleviate this?
  • Leading schools through challenging periods – what are the lessons we have learned?
  • Looking after your own mental health and wellbeing
AKL: Haley Milne, Pouwhenua Principal, Kia Aroha College
Paeariki Mataroa-Johnson, Principal, Rongomai Primary School
Gregory Pierce, Principal, Orewa College
WEL: Andrew Murray, Principal, St Mary’s College
Joyce Adam, Principal, Miramar North School
12.30
Lunch Break
1.30
Auckland: Guidance on commercial contract management in the education sector

The session will include a review of the:

  • Legal requirements relevant to school procurement
  • The procurement process and options
  • Contract and performance management
  • Termination and transition
  • Case studies of specific contract issues in schools
AKL: Greg Steele, Partner, Harrison Stone
Wellington: Examining the application of employment law within schools and what to consider beyond 2022

 

  • Examining recent employment cases that could have an impact on schools
  • How does stress leave differ from sick leave and when might it be required?
  • Determining how long vaccine requirements can stay in new employment contracts
  • Acting in good faith as an employer without being taken advantage of
WEL: Louise Robertson, Senior Solicitor, Buddle Findlay
Jessica Taylor, Senior Solicitor, Buddle Findlay
2.10
Managing personal grievances and conflict in the workplace

Auckland

  • Mediating conflict in a healthy manner to improve professional relationships
  • Resolving personal grievances
  • Intervening in staff bullying and misconduct with the appropriate response
  • When does behaviour need to be reported and how to go about the proper disciplinary processes?

Wellington

  • Understanding types of conflict that arise in the employment relationship
  • Appropriate processes for addressing conflict in the workplace in a healthy manner
  • When does behaviour need to be reported in cases of staff misconduct and bullying?
AKL: Tim Clarke, Partner, Bell Gully
WEL: Caroline Rieger, Director and Principal Lawyer, Black Door Law
2.50
Ensuring the financial welfare of teachers and staff
  • Understanding fair pay agreements and what impact they will have on schools over the next few years
  • What are the developments with pay equity to date, how do they impact schools and what will the future of pay equity in schools look like?
  • Forecasting how inflation and steep increases in costs of living will impact on negotiating individual and collective terms and conditions of employment
  • How employee benefits may be affected by not being a full time employee
AKL & WEL: Rachael Judge, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson
Darren Gunasekara, Solicitor, Simpson Grierson
3.30
Afternoon Break
3.50
Addressing teacher competency
  • Identifying when competence concerns need to be reported to the Teaching Council
  • What are the processes to take to support a teacher’s performance?
  • Exploring mechanisms to identify potential competency issues early so as to provide support and prevent escalation
  • Supporting teacher’s professional development
  • Establishing expectations for Performance (Element A)
WEL: Prisca MacDonald, Team Leader, Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Simon Cottle, Senior Advisor, Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
4.30
Refining your workplace investigation processes
  • When is it necessary for an investigator to get involved?
  • Planning and conducting a fair and effective investigation
  • Understanding the school leadership team’s role in the process
Auckland: David Fleming, Barrister, Fleming Singleton Law
Sarah Beshay, Staff Barrister, Fleming Singleton Law
Wellington: Andrew Scott-Howman, Barrister, Port Nicholson Chambers
5.10
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking Drinks
9.00
Welcome back from the Chair
9.10
Supporting staff mental health and wellbeing
  • Is there a crisis in teacher wellbeing - what needs to be done moving forward?
  • Practical strategies for improving teacher wellbeing and improve work/life balance
  • The impact of school leadership and practical approaches to build a positive school culture
  • Recognising when staff need support – do you have the right systems in place to recognise when someone is struggling
  • Identifying the appropriate processes to follow for staff who are experiencing mental health challenges
  • Understanding the application of stress leave – when should this applied and how should it be managed?
AKL: Sarah McFetridge, Senior Associate, Bell Gully
WEL: Johanna Drayton, Partner, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
Jordan Boyle, Senior Associate, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
9.50
AKL: Responding to vulnerable students’ needs with the Managed Moves programmes
  • Analysing the Managed Moves programme pilot and the key insights learnt
  • Addressing health, wellbeing and social challenges students today face
  • Reengaging at risk students and keeping them in education
  • How does the Managed Moves programme align with the Learning Support Action Plan and the Alternative Education ‘Ideal’ Model?
AKL: Janette Searle, Development Lead, Managed Moves
WEL: Implementing Te Tiriti o Waitangi in education
  • Examining Te Tiriti’s increasingly central role in education policy development and education delivery
  • How should Te Tiriti be reflected at a school governance level
  • Co-design with whānau & communities: Building a Tiriti based collective partnership at a school level
  • How does Te Tiriti inform pedagogical practices in Aotearoa, and where do we still need to go?
  • Embedding tikanga Māori into education
  • Improving inclusivity for better learning outcomes
WEL: Dr Keri Milne-Ihimaera, Consultant, Keri Mihi Consulting
10.30
Morning Break
11.00
Prioritising physical safety of teachers, staff and students
  • When do outside resources need to be called in to deal with situations
  • Prioritising safety when outside the classroom
  • Delivering safe working and studying environments
AKL: Jessie Lapthorne, Partner, Duncan Cotterill
WEL: Olivia Lund, Partner, Duncan Cotterill
11.50
Keeping up to date with privacy procedures
  • How to handle all the extra information that is now required to be collected?
  • Establishing how COVID-19 cases in classes falls under the Privacy Act 2020
  • Improving processes around privacy and when do breaches need to be reported
AKL: Mere King, Partner, Buddle Findlay
WEL: Rachael Schmidt-McCleave, Barrister & Mediator, Kate Sheppard Chambers
Dr Alison Gordon, Barrister, Kate Sheppard Chambers
12.30
Lunch Break
1.30
Controlling the narrative: Building a cooperative relationship with the media
  • Formulating a robust media strategy for a wide range of circumstances  
  • Making the first move: When is it best to approach the media first?
  • Understanding the process for handling unfair attacks from the media
AKL & WEL: Jo Malcolm, Media and Crisis Consultant, Jo Malcolm Media
2.10
Supervising conflict and addressing the concerns of “difficult” parents
  • Recognising the schools’ role in mediating for parents who want different outcomes for their child
  • Finding support for schools when parents refuse to drop a case
  • Working with School Boards to ensure their support
AKL: Leo Donnelly, Principal, Chen Palmer
WEL: DeAnne Brabant, Barrister & Mediator, Barristers.Comm
2.50
Afternoon Break
3.10
Accommodating ‘troubled’ students and their right to an education
  • Discussing exclusion and a child’s rights to education in a democratic society
  • How can the education sector be more inclusive to neurodiverse students and those affected by trauma?
  • Balancing priorities and protecting other students - ensuring their right to education is not put at risk
AKL & WEL: Perry Rush, Stakeholder Engagement | Leadership Consultant, Tui Tuia | University of Auckland
3.50
Getting the procedures around jurisdiction right
  • Are schools always responsible for what occurs on their grounds regardless of whether it’s school time?
  • Is a board of trustees responsible for any sexual assault or physical violence occurring in their schools?
  • Aligning approaches with legal responsibilities
  • Determining whether jurisdiction extends to activities outside of school
AKL & WEL: James Pullar, Partner, Taylor Shaw
4.30
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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