Administration links

Links to sources of administrative information commonly used by principals. 

General information

National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) – Ministry of Education

National Education Goals (NEGs) – Ministry of Education

Schooling circulars – Ministry of Education

Sector support for schools and kura - Ministry of Education

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

e-asTTle – TKI website

Ka Hikitia: accelerating success – Ministry of Education

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa – TKI website

Pasifika Education Plan – Ministry of Education

Inclusive education guides – TKI website

The New Zealand Curriculum – TKI website

NZQA website

Cultural competencies for teachers

Tātaiako – Education Council

Tapasā – TKI website

NAG 2: Planning, reviewing, and reporting

Understanding school charters 

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

Planning and reporting – Ministry of Education

NAG 3: Personnel and employment

Understanding school employment

Education and the law: employment

Employment – NZSTA

Collective agreements – Ministry of Education

Criteria for teacher registration – Education Council

Appraisal professional learning and resources - Education Council

Guidelines for induction and mentoring – Education Council

Employing and managing staff – Ministry of Education

Safety checking workers – Ministry of Education

Schools' payroll – Novopay website

NAG 4: Finance and resourcing

Understanding school finances

Banking staffing – Ministry of Education

Managing school finances – Ministry of Education

Operational funding components – Ministry of Education

School funding calculator

School staffing calculator


Understanding school property

Independent schools property management – Ministry of Education

Integrated schools property management – Ministry of Education

State schools property management – Ministry of Education

Property information on your school – Ministry of Education

Protecting your school and assets – Fire and Emergency NZ

NAG 5: Safety of students and employees

Child protection policy for schools – Ministry of Education

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

EOTC guidelines: bringing the curriculum alive – TKI website

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

Guidelines for the provision of pastoral care, guidance and counselling in secondary schools – Ministry of Education

Health and safety FAQs for schools – Worksafe NZ

Health and safety practical guide – Ministry of Education

NAG 6: Comply with all general legislation

Understanding attendance

ENROL - enrolment register – Ministry of Education

Every day matters – Education Counts website

Managing student attendance – Ministry of Education

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

NAG 7: School charter

Preparing your documents – Ministry of Education

NAG 8: Variance

Preparing your documents – Ministry of Education

Education Review Office information

Handbook of contractual obligations and undertakings

Review process for schools and kura

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