Education Act Changes

The new legislation comes into effect on 19 May 2017.

We have created an overview of these changes.


NZSTA will continue to update you with factsheets, newsletters and through our website. 

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Professional Standards for Secondary Principals

The Professional Standards have been drawn from the Kiwi Leadership for Principals document and educational leadership best evidence. The Standards form a component part of the principal's performance agreement alongside other components such as the school's strategic and annual plans, the principal's job description, and the New Zealand Teachers' Council criteria for registration as a teacher.

These Standards contribute to a framework which assists in assessing and reviewing current practice and in identifying future professional development.

Part 4 of the Secondary 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


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

Further information on Secondary principals standards (pdf), and more background about Secondary principals professional standards

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