Last week, an NZPF delegation met with Minister Erica Stanford.

They presented the case for implementing a principal leadership strategy and establishing an Aotearoa/New Zealand Centre for ‘Principal Leadership’. Minister Stanford agreed, emphasising that the key to improved teaching and learning outcomes is effective school leadership and high-quality teachers. She also recognized the importance of engaging with the profession to advance these initiatives.

The discussion included the absence of a formal professional development framework for aspiring through to experienced Principals in New Zealand. We are one of the few jurisdictions in the OECD lacking such a framework. Minister Stanford expressed her eagerness to explore this matter collaboratively with NZPF, with a view to finding an equitable, workable solution, incorporating work already underway in the Ministry through the Leadership Advisory.

Stephanie Thompson, Jason Miles, Leanne Otene, Jen Rodgers