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The law relating to the governance and management of schools is complex and ever changing. This On Demand webinar provides the information you need to understand the different roles of school boards and principals, their powers, duties and accountabilities. It examines recent developments and challenges and provides an overview of the Education Act 1989, administration and employment issues.

Our presenters, both highly experienced education and employment lawyers, highlight the main recent issues and cases, along with examples of common challenges that arise.


Learning Outcomes

In particular, this On Demand webinar will provide practical guidance in areas such as:

  • recent governance and management challenges;
  • powers, duties and accountability of school boards of trustees;
  • the Principal’s role, delegated powers and employment agreement;
  • employment issues in the education sector;
  • national administration guidelines;
  • interventions and statutory management;
  • quasi commercial activities and the Crown Entities Act 2004; and 
  • Surrender and retention of property provisions recently inserted in the Education Act 1989.

Who should watch

This is vital for lawyers acting for schools, boards of trustees, school principals, board members, those involved with proposed charter schools, or otherwise involved in the education sector.

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John Hannan

Partner, DLA Phillips Fox

John Hannan is a highly experienced partner in the employment, litigation and IP, information technology and telecommunications teams at DLA Phillips Fox.

He has acted for major New Zealand and international organisations including one of New Zealand’s largest supermarket retailers, a listed chemicals, resins and building products manufacturer, national and international insurers, international and national insurance brokers, a global pharmaceutical manufacturer / distributor; international engineering consultancies, a computer games manufacturer, a New Zealand-wide restaurant chain, and numerous primary, secondary and tertiary education providers. John is ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2014 as a leading employment lawyer, with clients describing him as an“incredibly bright, capable lawyer” who is “pragmatic, responsive and precise.”

Richard Harrison

Partner, Harrison Stone

Richard's areas of industry experience cover education, health, manufacturing, insurance, finance and service industries. Richard provides a range of advice and practical assistance to Secondary Principals/School Boards, private sector businesses and non government organisations, agencies and community groups within the health and education sectors. Richard has been involved in aspects of human resources which extend past legal representation; such as assisting and developing HR procedures, restructuring and contract negotiations.