Principal Performance Management
What do boards have to do for principal performance agreements and reviews?
The principal collective agreements require that ‘the board shall put in place an annual performance agreement and carry out a review (appraisal) of the principal every year’.
The performance agreement must be developed in consultation with the principal and needs to include:
- performance and learning objectives, aligned with the board’s strategic and annual plan and linked to the framework of practising teacher criteria, principal professional standards and career structure criteria
- a summary of outcome as to whether the above objectives, criteria and standards have been met
NZSTA, in collaboration with the Education Council, and in consultation with principal professional groups, has developed an example performance agreement template which includes all the required elements.
The performance agreement will then form the basis for the performance review which boards are required to conduct every year. This review will evaluate how the principal is performing in their job according to objectives, standards and criteria listed in the performance agreement. More information about the process is available in the resources below.
The Education Council requires that all principals, in order to renew their practising certificate, need to be annually appraised using all 12 Practising Teacher Criteria (PTC). Requirements for Principals’ and Tumuaki Performance Review/Appraisal contains more detail on how the practising certificate renewal is linked to performance review.
Who is involved?
The board is responsible for putting in place the agreement and conducting the review. It may delegate aspects of this task to a committee or individual.
The principal is a collaborative partner and must be consulted throughout the development of the agreement and during the review process and final report.
An external consultant may be engaged by the board to assist the board with the performance review.
More resources for performance agreements and reviews
If you need further information, please contact Employment Advisory & Support Centre on 0800 782 435 (Option 2).
Performance management materials include:
- NZSTA's Learning Management System (LMS) has a module on - Principal Performance Review
- Short guides: How do we create a principal performance agreement? and How do we conduct a principal performance review?
- Performance agreement templates
- Timeline of month by month principal performance management process
- Letter of attestation templates:
- primary (docx)
- secondary (docx)
- area school (docx)
- How to write performance objectives and learning and development objectives
- Flowcharts: performance agreement, performance review
- Template for principal performance management policy (docx)
- Guidelines for principal career structure/portfolio evaluation
Trustee Handbook (members only)
Register for NZSTA's upcoming courses on "principal performance management" and "employer role."
Good practice framework for principal appraisal (pdf) (performance management).