Media Release

11 Northland principals representing more than 2,500 children have developed future focused plans after successfully completing Springboard Trust’s strategic leadership programme.

The Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme (SLPP) is a unique professional development opportunity for principals. The free year-long programme sees principals matched with a senior business person within the private or public sector to develop robust strategic plans for their schools.

In the three years Springboard Trust has been working with Northland principals, the benefits and results are speaking for themselves.

Dargaville School Principal, Alan Russek said SLPP has enabled him to focus on the overarching direction of the school, "This programme has given me the chance to focus on the bigger picture stuff such as where the school is heading. It gave me time away from the day to day things such as: property, budgets, staff, student and school matters."

Tikipunga Primary School Principal Cherise Wilson said the strategic planning process has already been essential in engaging with her school community.

"My strategic plan is my communication tool, it’s the bridge between me and my community. It has helped me remember that my community is my customer; and I need to serve them. I am doing this for the parents and the students. I want to know what aspirations the parents have for their children and what they want me to provide."

The development of the strategic plan is just the first step and Cherise is looking forward to the next phase, "The past year has been about forming, storming, and the next step is going to be about normalising the plan and new processes." She says.

Cherise Wilson was partnered with the Ministry of Social Development’s Regional Commissioner Advisor Nicole Butler who could instantly see what Cherise was looking to achieve, "For her it was a question of how do we create a strong culture for the school and how do we position it as an important part of the community. So at the point that SBT came in it was at the right time with the right tools". Springboard Trust welcomes the cohort as alumni, joining a further 10 other principals from the region who have successfully completed SLPP. These principals can now access a set of services to assist with strategic change and strategy implementation. Springboard Trust is excited to have enrolled a further 12 Northland principals for 2017

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