Leadership programmes

The Ministry of Education leadership support programmes for 2017-2018 are: Leadership advisors for beginning principals; Emerging leaders; and Expert partners.

Ministry of Education programmes

Leadership advisors

Provides support to beginning principals. If you are a beginning principal find out more about the programme at: 

Support for beginning principals – Evaluation Associates website

Emerging leaders

Pilot programmes are underway in 12 selected Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako. They finish in April 2019.

Expert partners 

Provides support to leaders of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Leaders can choose an expert partner from a list on the ministry's PLD website.


The above programmes replaced the National Aspiring Principals' Programme (NAPP) and the First-time Principals' programme (FTP).

TeachNZ awards

If you want to do part-time or full-time study to build your skills in school management and leadership, you might be able to apply for a TeachNZ award.

TeachNZ offers study awards and sabbaticals every year. These offer paid leave. You must be employed under the primary or secondary teachers' collective agreement to be eligible.

Study awards, sabbaticals and grants – TeachNZ

Ako in action: school leaders talk about their learning

In these videos New Zealand school leaders talk about how they connected their professional learning to their professional practice. 

Modules for first-time principals

These online modules provide easily accessed learning opportunities for first-time principals, but have relevance for all principals.   

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