Principal Recruitment Allowance (PRA)
The PRA is an additional payment that is paid to a principal and available to a board with a current principal vacancy where the school meets the eligibility requirements. To be eligible the school must meet a range of criteria which include having significant challenges with:
- Educational performance of the school’s students: This could be demonstrated by persistently low student achievement, inadequate curriculum management, the absence of adequate policies and processes for assessment and staffing issues that may influence student performance.
- Student welfare: This may be evidenced by the lack of policy to ensure student welfare, health and safety, high truancy, suspension, exclusion and expulsion rates.
- The operation of a school: These may include problems with financial, personnel and/or asset management, inadequate planning and policy setting, failure to comply with legislation.
More information about the PRA process and complete school eligibility criteria is available in
- Information sheet: The Principal Recruitment Allowance
- Principal Recruitment Allowance Guide for Schools and Kura
NZSTA’s PRA recruitment kits contain templates and resources to assist boards with the selection and appointment of a role where the school is eligible to offer the PRA.
Please note: the final decision on whether an applicant is eligible to receive the PRA is determined by the New Appointments National Panel (NANP) Adviser.