Guides for managing your school

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

Understanding school finances

This guide has information on funding sources, keeping accounts, preparing budgets, and reporting school finances.

Planning and reporting: School charters

This guide has information on developing, 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 myriad of everyday communications you are involved in as a principal.

Understanding attendance

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

Understanding school employment

This guide has information on appointing staff, payroll, concurrence, and performance.

Understanding school property

This guide has information on property plans, school property policies and procedures, and property management.

Primary principals' annual calendar

This calendar will help you to keep a month-by-month overview of what’s ahead so that you can bring coherence to your planning.

Secondary principals' annual calendar

This calendar will help you to keep a month-by-month overview of what’s ahead so that you can bring coherence to your planning.

Starting in a new school

This guide has suggestions to help make the first term a positive one, avoid major issues and develop good processes.

Managing your time

This guide offers some suggestions to help you to manage your own time and other's time agendas.

Preparing for your next ERO visit

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

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