New Zealand Principals Federation News


Work on updating the NZPF Charter began at the NZPF Education Summit, held in Wellington last year.

Regional principals and sector heads attending the summit produced a set of principles which it was agreed should underpin all future education policy decisions.  

The NZPF executive subsequently began work to incorporate these principles into our own Charter document which can be read here

We welcome your feedback on the new Charter.  


New Zealand has an education system that is world class. This fact is undisputed by OECD reports, overseas educational experts, professional educators, the New Zealand Treasury and the Minister of Education. It is the pride of Kiwi parents, who helped develop our rich, diverse curriculum - the envy of the rest of the world – and it is staffed by registered teachers who have received rigorous, high quality training, who engage in on-going professional development and who are dedicated to their task. 

‘The latest news that Ministry constructed league tables are likely to be used to compare the performance of schools is unfortunate,’ says Paul Drummond President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

‘The announcement to trial an imported model of ‘charter school’ prompts us to ask ‘what is so wrong with the charter school model we have now?’ said Paul Drummond, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

New Zealand was the first country in the world to introduce charter schools and did so in the wake of the 1980s ‘Tomorrow’s Schools’ reforms. The charter is the document of accountability between the Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education.

Here's the latest advice for 2012 from Gavin Price on  Managing Underuse from 2011, Starting a New Planner for 2012 and Banking Staffing seminars for Otago and Southland.


Schools with underuse at pp 22 can choose to use some, all or none of that underuse by pp 26, then cash in the balance remaining at the close of pp 26.  If you decide to use some or all of it, be aware that you must overuse this year’s fortnightly entitlement to access that underuse from last year.


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