Education Act Changes

The new legislation comes into effect on 19 May 2017.

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Professional Standards for Primary Principals

The Professional Standards set out in this schedule provide a baseline for assessing satisfactory performance within each area of practice. They form part of the principal's performance agreement, which will reflect the school/board goals, the principal's job description and more specific objectives. Included in the development of the performance agreement will be the identification and development of appropriate indicators. The performance agreement must also include the New Zealand Teachers Council criteria for registration as a teacher.

Part 4 of the Primary Principals' Collective Agreement describes the responsibility of the employing board to develop the principal's performance agreement.

Areas of practice and professional standards


Provide professional leadership that focuses the school culture on enhancing learning and teaching.

Professional Standards

  • In conjunction with the board, develop and implement a school vision and shared goals focused on enhanced engagement and achievement for all students.
  • Promote a culture whereby staff members take on appropriate leadership roles and work collaboratively to improve teaching and learning.
  • Model respect for others in interactions with adults and students
  • Promote the bicultural nature of New Zealand by ensuring that it is evident in the school culture.
  • Maintain a safe, learning-focused environment.
  • Promote an inclusive environment in which the diversity and prior experiences of students are acknowledged and respected.
  • Manage conflict and other challenging situations effectively and actively work to achieve solutions.
  • Demonstrate leadership through participating in professional learning.


Create a learning environment in which there is an expectation that all students will experience success in learning.

Professional Standards


Develop and use management systems to support and enhance student learning.

Professional Standards


Strengthen communication and relationships to enhance student learning.

Professional Standards

Note: Principals with teaching responsibilities will also need to meet the requirements of current (of the time) standards and/or criteria for teachers.

Further information on Primary principals standards (docx), and more background about Primary principals professional standards.

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