28 March 2023

Develop an inclusive school charter and related strategic and annual plans

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Reviewing your planning, monitoring, and reporting obligations’

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What to put in your charter

What to put in your charter

Your school charter is the key planning document for your school. This includes how your school plans to become more inclusive and meet the needs of students with special education needs.

For your charter to meet the requirements of the Education Act 1989, you must include your school’s plans, aims, and targets for all students, including:

  • what your board wants to achieve for students identified with additional learning support needs (outcomes)
  • how you intend to achieve the stated outcomes for these students; for example, teaching strategies and how you are going to use your resourcing
  • what success will look like for students (how you will know the outcomes have been achieved)
  • how you will evaluate and assess progress towards meeting the aims and targets set out in your charter 
  • how you will report this in your analysis of variance.

Examples of inclusive school charters:

Useful resources

Useful resources


School planning and reporting

Read time: 49 min

This document helps boards to prioritise aspirations for students, with a specific focus on Māori students, Pasifika students, and students with additional learning support needs.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Review planning, monitoring, and reporting obligations”:

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