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About Us

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle empowers Kāhui Ako, kaiako, teachers, school leaders and tumuaki to achieve better outcomes for students and learners.

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Languages, Culture & Identity

We offer programmes, workshops, in-person classroom support, online support and resources to help strengthen language learning in New Zealand schools.

Cultural competencies

Pacific-Led Education

Empowering educators, students, and communities to shape a future of educational excellence that is firmly rooted in Pacific identity and aspirations.

Improving instructional dexterity

Literacy and Numeracy

We work with schools to build the literacy and numeracy capability of school leaders and teachers to accelerate learning outcomes for all students.

Education and the Law

Unsure of your or your school’s rights? Need legal advice but unsure where to start? ‘Education and the Law’ offers principals, school leaders, and trustees ongoing access to reputable and informed legal advice and guidance.

Education and the Law

Educational Leadership







4 online units









'Education and the Law’ offers principals, school leaders, and trustees ongoing access to reputable and informed legal advice and guidance. Created in partnership with two of New Zealand’s leading education lawyers – Gretchen Stone and Fi McMillen, 'Education and the Law' helps ensure that school leaders and trustees are well positioned to manage common school-related scenarios in ways that reduce the potential for litigation and conflict.

About the course

Course information

This series of online, on-demand modules covers key aspects of common law-related scnearios faced by school leaders and governors when dealing with staff, parents, and students.

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Who will benefit from this resource:

  • Principals
  • Deputy/Assistant Principals
  • Board Members.

Learning outcomes

Navigate relationships, rights and tikanga when dealing with key parties, apply statutory requirements and regulations, and ensure appropriate policies are in place. In particular, the programme will help you:

  1. With Staff: understand and apply statutory requirements, policies for staff discipline and competency, minimise and proactively address potential harm to staff.
  2. With Parents: determine a suitable approach, apply policies and communication protocols, including requests for information and reporting.
  3. With Students: follow regulations for suspensions, stand-downs, exclusions and/or expulsions, and respond to legal challenges.
  4. With your Board: understand governance and management responsibilities, establish positive relationships and processes for issue resolution.

These outcomes provide a comprehensive learning framework for effectively managing various aspects of school administration. They are designed to be concise yet cover all the essential aspects of each unit.

The resource is delivered online and on-demand for your convenience.

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Gretchen Stone – Partner, Harrison Stone

Harrison Stone has acted as the legal advisors for SPANZ for almost 20 years, and in that time, they have developed significant expertise and practical experience in the issues that schools and school leaders face in New Zealand. Gretchen, a partner in Harrison Stone and an employment law specialist, has vast experience in providing a broad range of education specific advice.

Fiona McMillen – Special Counsel, Anderson Lloyd

Fi is the legal advisor to the New Zealand Principals’ Federation 'Principals Advice and Support Scheme'. She is Special Counsel in the Employment Team of Anderson Lloyd, specialising in Employment and Education Law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Fi worked as a primary school teacher providing a unique understanding on legal issues affecting schools.

What we will cover

The resource covers four learning modules. Each module includes a 12-15 minute video with supporting readings for each of the topics. The time estimated to complete each module is 30 minutes.


$350 per person + GST.

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Education and Law 2024

2024-03-27 8:00 am
2024-12-20 5:00 pm