Arinui translates into 'of high clarity'

Frequently Asked Questions

Under each of the headings below click on the questions to reveal their answers.

Administrator

The leaving staff member can move their Arinui profile to their new school, or a holding location. Contact us and let us know their details and if the account is to be moved, archived or deleted.

Appraiser

No. A single user can be an administrator, appraiser and appraisee within the one login. There are easy to follow help materials/videos in Arinui to take you through the process.
Arinui is designed for individuals to gather and reflect on evidence of their practice and to show how this meets the Practising Teacher Criteria. If individuals are working on a collaborative inquiry or similar, we suggest that you continue to use your current collaborative tools (e.g. Office 365 or Google Docs etc.) and then everyone can use this evidence to reflect on their practice in Arinui.

Appraisee

The material you place and develop in Arinui can only be shared and viewed by those colleagues that you choose through Arinui’s sharing functionality. The colleagues you do share your collection with can download any attachments you share so it is your responsibility to manage this. No one from outside your school can access your information unless your school has given specific access and you have shared your collection with them.
If the school pays to register with Arinui, then the school owns access to that account. In the absence of any other agreement between the school and the teacher, the school owns the information. If the school agrees, we can transfer the teacher’s information to another school if the teacher moves.

Yes. Your first step is to contact your principal/leader and Arinui administrator to arrange for your account to be released. Please be aware of your professional obligations regarding maintaining privacy of data and student information. Your Arinui administrator needs to contact us by emailing info@arinui.com. We can move you into your new school/organisation if they are using Arinui, or you can continue to use Arinui without further charge for the remainder of your appraisal cycle.

From that point on you will have the choice to continue using it by paying an individual user charge, or cease subscription and can access your collection but no longer make changes. If your new school/organisation is using Arinui you can transfer your account to that school or set up a new account, whichever you and your new school prefer.

If you have moved schools/organisations but your account is not currently active in their Arinui zone, please email us on info@arinui.com

Arinui is a secure, password protected site. Your information remains secure within your school. The only time others can view this data is if you share this information with colleagues or for auditing requirements.
Teachers are supposed to be appraised against all PTC every year. Therefore, it makes sense that you provide evidence for all the PTC during the appraisal process. As you work through your inquiries many of the PTC will be covered, however if there are still gaps after having completed your key reflective processes, you may wish to provide evidence against the criteria not covered in the supplementary reflections area.
No. We have provided templates for schools to use but Arinui has been designed to support school processes that are currently in existence while providing guidance for high-quality appraisal. Therefore, a teacher/school can use their own templates and upload these into Arinui.
Any file that has been created on your computer can be uploaded into Arinui, include large movie files. Any other file that has a website address can be added into Arinui with the use of a hyperlink. There are easy to follow help materials/videos in Arinui to take you through the process.
Once an appraisee is ready they can submit for final appraisal from the dashboard. The appraiser can now see and review this material and can either release it back to the appraisee, if further information is required, or set up a final appraisal meeting with the appraisee. The findings from the reflections and meeting can be summarised by the appraiser on a summary report and then agreed on and signed by the appraisee, appraiser and principal/ECE leader. The appraiser needs to scan and upload this into the appraiser's dashboard. This will close off the appraisal cycle There are easy to follow help materials/videos in Arinui to take you through the process.
The best way to upload large video files (over about 20 MB) is to download and install the Arinui Mac OS, iOS or Windows uploader. These free apps are available at https://cloud.arinui.com/Software.aspx. Use your Arinui username and password to log on as it will then know where to store your videos.
Arinui is designed for individuals to gather and reflect on evidence of their practice and to show how this meets the Practising Teacher Criteria. If individuals are working on a collaborative inquiry or similar, we suggest that you continue to use your current collaborative tools (e.g. Office 365 or Google Docs etc.) and then everyone can use this evidence to reflect on their practice in Arinui.

Leader

Yes, Arinui is very suitable for Principals to support their appraisal process.

The interim registration policy of the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand states (Requirements for Principals’ and Tumuaki Appraisal) that anyone in a teaching position in a school in the general education system must hold a current practising certificate. A principal’s position is a teaching position. While it is possible that principals may not teach their own class/es, they are ultimately responsible for the teaching and learning of the children and students in their schools and directly responsible for the professional learning and development of their teachers. The principal is the leader of learning.

To be issued with or to renew a current practising certificate, principals and teachers need to be annually appraised using all 12 Practising Teacher Criteria (PTC). The principal’s performance review/appraisal should address their performance objectives aligned with the school charter and annual plan, the PTC and the principal professional standards, and learning and development objectives (linked to career structure payments in 4.4 of the principals’ collective agreements). More information about the complete performance review process is available on NZSTA’s principal performance management page.

As is the case for teachers, Arinui is designed to support principals to approach the evaluation (appraisal) of their own practice against the PTC using an inquiry or improvement approach. It also enables the principal to make clear links to the Practising Teacher Criteria (PTC) and the extent to which the evidence is shaping up over the course of the appraisal year can easily be monitored through the summary on the dashboard page.

While principals (and other school leaders) have some additional criteria that they must evaluate their performance against (for example, their professional goals and evidence for career structure payments) these can be simply added into the Arinui evidence sections as additional categories.

If you wish to read more about the whole process of principal appraisal, the Education Council website has information and webinars to support schools’ appraisal processes. New Zealand School Trustees Association also has resources for the performance review/appraisal of principals. It is strongly recommended that the processes followed for principal performance review/appraisal are aligned with those used for their teachers across their school.

More information can also be found on the Education Review Office website where you can download their 2014 publication “Supporting school improvement through effective principal appraisal”.

Arinui keeps the whole evaluative process simple and strongly supports rigorous self-reflection, just as it does for teachers.