Leadership programmes

The Ministry of Education is using the leadership strategy to reframe existing leadership supports and to build system understanding of the leadership capabilities in practice across diverse contexts.

Leadership strategy

Educational leadership capability framework

Ministry of Education programmes

Beginning principals support

Provides support to beginning principals in their first two years.

Find out more about the programme at: 

Support for beginning principals – Evaluation Associates website

Other principals support

Leadership advisers are available to respond to requests from principals for support to resolve a specific need. 

  • This support will complement existing principal support services from NZPF, SPANZ, NZEI, PPTA and NZSTA. 
  • To be considered for the support of a leadership adviser, please contact the helplines of the above organisations.

Principals are encouraged to request the support of a leadership adviser when they are responding to a need in areas such as:

  • strategic relationships with staff, board of trustees, or community
  • strategic planning and internal evaluation processes including curriculum review
  • leadership capability within the school
  • planning in relation to ERO review recommendations
  • planning to positively impact on low levels of student engagement and achievement
  • your understanding of your governance role.


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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