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

Leadership advisors

Provides support to beginning principals in their first two years. Find out more about the programme at: Support for beginning principals – Evaluation Associates website

Will provide support to other principals in 2019. Find out more in this news item: Support for principals 


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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