What is a Normal School?

Normal Schools have been in existence since the 16th Century when a group of schools in France became interested in preparing people for teaching. The French concept of “école normale” was to establish schools to model best teaching practices thereby setting a standard or norm for student teachers.

Setting this standard has been the function of Normal schools worldwide. The 22 Normal schools in New Zealand appointed by the government work in partnership with our national universities to provide opportunities for student teachers to become inspirational teachers in the future.