Articles related to ‘Education’
The Court of Appeal has upheld the Employment Court and Employment Relations Authority decisions that protected without prejudice discussions between the teacher’s lawyer and the school’s lawyer.
The Court of Appeal rejected the claim that the School Board could not enter into without prejudice discussions before mediation was attempted. Disputes should be resolved at the lowest level possible and negotiations before mediation are appropriate.
The Court held that… Continue reading
The teacher in question had left her old job ready to dive in to the challenge of a new role. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly: it was agreed that she would begin work on 6 May working 35.5 hours per week at $19.50 per hour.
6 May passed, and the teacher had not heard anything from the employer … in the end a month went by before she… Continue reading
The first in this year’s series of Australia New Zealand Education Law Association seminars around the country was held at our offices on 24 July. The seminar was attended by members from several different parts of the education law sector. The session was chaired by Virginia Goldblatt of the Massey University Dispute Resolution Service. The presenters were Emmett Geoghegan Senior Solicitor Ministry of Education and Alan Knowsley (ANZELA Board Member… Continue reading
A student was suspended by the Principal for continued disobedience of the school’s hair rule (short, tidy, off the collar, natural colour, out of the eyes, no extremes – plaits, dreads, mohawks).
The suspension was upheld by the Board’s disciplinary committee.
The High Court has held the suspension to be unlawful. The continual disobedience was not shown to be harmful or a dangerous example to other students at… Continue reading
Partner Alan Knowsley attended the Association’s annual conference and AGM in Auckland recently. There were around 900 trustees and principals there from schools through out the country. The conference was addressed by both the Minister of Education, The Honourable Hekia Parata, and the Secretary of Education, Peter Hughes, as well as other key note speakers from New Zealand and the USA.
Multiple workshops on all aspects of Board of… Continue reading
This ANZELA (Australia New Zealand Education Law Association) event will be held at Rainey Collins, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington from 4pm – 6pm on Thursday 24 July 2014.
Topics to be covered will include search and seizure, employment investigations, student disciplinary investigations, suspension and expulsion procedures and alternative processes for dealing with difficulties.
The speakers will be Virginia Goldblatt, Director of the Massey University Mediation Service, Emmett Geoghegan, Senior… Continue reading
From 1 July 2014 disciplinary hearings for serious misconduct will be open to the public. There will be a presumption that hearings will be in public and published decisions will include the teacher’s name unless the Tribunal orders otherwise.
Protections will be put in place to protect young people giving evidence and any child under 16 will also not be able to be named… Continue reading
The High Court has refused a judicial review application by a student found smoking cannabis.
The student was in school uniform and it was during school time, but he was not on the school grounds.
The Court held that the process followed for the suspension was fair. The allegations had been clearly put to the student and his parent, and they had the opportunity to give their version… Continue reading
A senior teacher has been censured by the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal for sending sexually explicit texts to students who were staying in his home on an exchange programme.
The teacher tried to pass off the blame for his behavior to the students but the Tribunal said that sending such messages to any students and in particular ones who were staying in his home was clearly unacceptable.
The teacher… Continue reading
A teacher found in possession of methamphetamine has been censured and had her registration cancelled by the Teacher’s Disciplinary Tribunal.
The teacher was stopped while driving under the influence and the drugs and drug equipment were found at her home.
The teacher’s conviction was notified to the Tribunal after the teacher failed to notify that she had been convicted.
The teacher had given up teaching and had… Continue reading