Waikato Journal of Education


Analysis of teachers' professional misconduct is rarely researched but of great public interest. This legal analysis examines the 28 decisions of the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal from 2008. With a view to prevention, the categories of misconduct, types of victims and penalties are examined. For comparison of disciplinary decision-making, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal is discussed. Topical issues including attendance at hearings, legal representation and name suppression are illuminated. The article aims to foster further discussion regarding reform and specific strategies for reducing professional misconduct by teachers. 


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