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NZSTA, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, administers the Emergency Staffing Scheme (ESS), which provides last resort help for school boards of state/integrated schools who are unable to attract relieving Principals.
To qualify for an ESS pool member, a board must be able to demonstrate that:
Boards who need ESS assistance should contact the National ESS Coordinator: Lucienne Shelley, email@example.com (not the Ministry of Education) who will coordinate any placements.
The ESS pool member would be available within 5 days, but may under some circumstances be available within 24 hours.
ESS pool members are experienced principals who can provide leadership to a range of different schools including primary, area and secondary schools for a period of one term.
ESS pool members are not "change agents", nor are they available to resolve possible conflicts between the community and the board. They are only available to fill last resort vacancies, for a maximum of one term.
Due to the 'emergency' nature of the scheme, boards do not have the opportunity to screen pool members for suitability.
If the position to be covered by the ESS pool member is:
You can apply for additional relief teacher funding in the usual way if your situation meets the conditions outlined in the additional relief teacher funding scheme: Additional relief teacher funding
For Principals interested in becoming an ESS pool member: Click here for more information.