Managing your school

KLP book front cover.

"Every school needs to have systems that help create the conditions for staff and students to work effectively together. Everyone appreciates simple, clear goals and effective processes. School systems provide and effectively communicate the ground rules for everyone. They ensure a measure of consistency in approach and action across the school".

From Systems in Kiwi Leadership for Principals.

Guides for managing your school

These practical guides for first-time and recently appointed principals look at applying school leadership across systems on a day-to-day basis.

Forms and templates

The links on this page take you to a range of templates, tools and checklists on the Ministry of Education website.

Administration links

The links on this page connect you to sources of administrative information commonly used by principals.

School support staff: collectively making resources count

Support staff make up almost a third of New Zealand’s schooling workforce. They include teacher aides, librarians, ICT managers and staff, administrative staff, and student and whānau support workers. This page contains the report School Support Staff: Collectively Making Resources Count commissioned by the Support Staff Working Group (SSWG), and seven case studies of schools that use effective management practices for their support staff.

No more nagging doubts

No More Nagging Doubts (2010) outlines for principals, other school leaders and trustees the key policies, procedures and systems required for compliance in all areas of school operations as defined by the National Administration Guidelines (NAGs).

Managing organisational demands

Leadership requires a mix of professional knowledge and expertise along with the ability to develop and manage good systems to sustain quality teaching and learning.

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Traumatic incidents

You can contact traumatic incident specialists on 0800 848 326 (24 hours).

Schools should have policies to cope with a traumatic incident, should it occur. Traumatic incident plans include what to do in the event of violence at school, student suicide, the unexpected death of a student or teacher, and natural disasters. Ministry of Education staff can help you with traumatic incident planning.

Find out more about preparing for and dealing with traumatic incidents - Ministry of Education website

Emergency management

The Ministry of Education recommends schools maintain an emergency plan. The Emergency Management Plan is a framework to help you develop your plan.

Download the Emergency Management Plan framework from this page - Ministry of Education website