Education Act Changes

The new legislation comes into effect on 19 May 2017.

We have created an overview of these changes.


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Writing Professional Learning and Development (PLD) Objectives

The Ministry of Education has created, in consultation with the sector, an excellent resource to assist principals and boards with professional learning and development (PLD) planning - Professional Learning and Development Planning (PLD) (pdf).

These materials can be used by the principal as a workbook to aid self-evaluation and identify areas of possible development. It includes four sections:

  1. PLD conversations - creating joint value
  2. The PLD planning process
  3. Preparing for the next PLD cycle
  4. Useful support resources for preparing a PLD proposal

Why do we need PLD?

Boards are required as part of the employment agreements to provide development opportunities for their principals. This is also an area that must be included in the performance agreement. While the principal should be the primary driver of their own professional development, boards have a role to play by ensuring:

Benefits of principal PLD include:

Note: Principals and boards often hesitate to spend money on PLD for the principal as they may view it as "wasting" money better spent on students. However, the costs versus benefits of development activities should be evaluated by the board and principal together and, if a good investment in the future, should be supported by the board.

Further information on principal learning and development objectives (docx)

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