Guides for managing your school

Practical guides for first-time principals on systems such as finance, employment, property.

Understanding school finances

This guide contains information about school finances and resourcing. It has financial self-checklists for principals and covers:

  • key sources of financial information
  • school funding sources
  • keeping the accounts
  • preparing the budget
  • reporting on and reviewing school finances.

Planning and reporting: School charters

This guide contains useful information about school charters. It covers:

  • the purpose of a charter
  • your role in developing a charter
  • the content of a charter
  • reviewing and updating a charter.

Dealing with complaints

This guide will help you to apply simple, broad principles to the way you deal with complaints.

Effective communications

This guide contains suggestions for managing the everyday communications you apply in your role as a principal.

Understanding school employment

This guide contains useful information about school employment. It looks at:

  • legislation and regulations
  • payroll
  • appointing staff
  • concurrence
  • individual and team performance.

Understanding attendance

This guide focuses on the administration of attendance, attendance levels at your school, and getting beyond the collection of data. It covers:

  • Presence and absence in New Zealand schools: the administrative requirements
  • Your school – attendance as it is now
  • Engagement and attendance – beyond data collection.

Understanding school property

This guide contains information to help you understand school property. It covers:

  • property plans
  • school property policies and procedures
  • links to the Ministry of Education’s online guides to property and health and safety
  • property management
  • property and achievement strategies.

Working from the inside: preparing for your next ERO visit

This sabbatical report from principal of Wellington Girls' College, Julia Davidson, provides practical advice for secondary school principals who are preparing for a visit from the Education Review Office.

Starting the year off

This guide offers some suggestions that will help you to:

  • make the first term a positive one
  • avoid major issues
  • develop good processes.

Primary principals' annual calendar

This guide contains a downloadable calendar for primary principals. It will help you to keep a month-by-month overview of what’s ahead so that you can bring coherence to your planning. Each month has been grouped into sections that cover leadership actions and outcomes. You can customise the calendar to suit your situation.

Secondary principals' annual calendar

This guide contains a downloadable calendar for secondary principals. It will help you to keep a month-by-month overview of what’s ahead so that you can bring coherence to your planning. Each month has been grouped into sections that cover leadership actions and outcomes. You can customise the calendar to suit your situation.

Managing your time

This guide offers some suggestions that will help you to:

  • manage your own time
  • fit in your own learning
  • manage others’ time agendas.

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