Administration links

Links to sources of administrative information commonly used by principals. 

General information

National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) – Ministry of Education website

National Education Guidelines (NEGs) – Ministry of Education website

Schooling circulars – Ministry of Education website

Sector support for schools and kura - Ministry of Education website

Education legislation

The Education Act provides the legal basis for all school operations and processes. It established the present systems of governance and management for state and integrated schools.

Education Act 1989 – Legislation website

Information by NAG

NAG 1: Curriculum delivery and student achievement

Assessment Resource Banks in English, maths, and science – NZCER website

e-asTTle – TKI website

Ka Hikitia: accelerating success – Ministry of Education website

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa – TKI website

Pasifika Education Plan – Ministry of Education website

Inclusive education guides – TKI website

Managing the special education grant – Ministry of Education website

The New Zealand Curriculum – TKI website

NZQA website

NAG 2: Planning, reviewing, and reporting

Understanding school charters 

First-time principals' module 1: ongoing self-review

Planning and reporting – Ministry of Education website

NAG 2a:

National Standards – TKI website

NAG 3: Personnel and employment

Understanding school employment

Education and the law: employment

Mentoring your provisionally registered teachers

Board as employer – NZSTA website

Collective agreements – Ministry of Education website

Criteria for teacher registration – Education Council website

Appraisal professional learning and resources - Education Council website

Employing and managing staff – Ministry of Education website

Safety checking workers – Ministry of Education website

Schools' payroll – Novopay website

NAG 4: Finance and resourcing

Understanding school finances

Banking staffing – Ministry of Education website

Managing school finances – Ministry of Education website

Operational funding components – Ministry of Education website

School funding calculator

School staffing calculator


Understanding school property

Independent schools property management – Ministry of Education website

Integrated schools property management – Ministry of Education website

State schools property management – Ministry of Education website

Property information on your school – Ministry of Education website

Protecting your school and assets – Fire and Emergency NZ website

NAG 5: Safety of students and employees

Child protection policy for schools – Ministry of Education website

Code of practice for the pastoral care of international students – Ministry of Education website

EOTC guidelines: bringing the curriculum alive – TKI website

Health and safety FAQs for schools – Worksafe NZ website

Health and safety practical guide – Ministry of Education website

Guidelines for registered schools on the use of physical restraint (PDF) – Ministry of Education website

NAG 6: Comply with all general legislation

Understanding attendance

ENROL - enrolment register – Ministry of Education website

Every day matters – Education Counts website

Managing student attendance – Ministry of Education website

Food Act 2014: Where do I fit? tool - Ministry of Primary Industries website

NAG 7: School charter

Preparing your documents – Ministry of Education website

NAG 8: Variance

Preparing your documents – Ministry of Education website

Education Review Office information

Handbook of contractual obligations and undertakings

Review process for schools and kura

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