Media Release

Six Waikato principals representing more than 2,400 children have been given a strategic boost 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 two years Springboard Trust has been working with Waikato principals, the benefits and results are speaking for themselves.

Waikato Principal of TeUku School, Rachel Allan said the experience has had a considerable impact on her strategic leadership.

“I’ve been in education nearly 40 years and the SLPP is some of the best PLD I’ve ever had. As educators we get immersed in education. It’s just so refreshing to get to work with someone from another sector” she says.

“The impact of being part of the programme has been that empowerment to be more of a strategic leader. I love the bigger picture helicopter analogy, hovering above everything then looking to my other people, coaching and developing their leadership.” Rachel comments

Glenview School Principal, Tony Mangan said he has experienced a positive shift in the way he thinks about strategy. “The strategic plan really challenged my thinking. It has given me the opportunity to further focus on the people who make a difference. That’s the teachers because it’s the teacher that makes the difference to the students.”

Principals are supported between workshops by a skills volunteer called a capacity partner drawn locally from organisations such as Fonterra, ASB, Spark and Waikato Regional District Council.

Tony Mangan was partnered with ASB’s Commercial Manager John Wilkinson who speaks highly of the process. “Having children and grandchildren go through the education system, it is good to have a better appreciation of what’s involved to be principal. It has been a great process and it’s been great to volunteer and be a part of the programme.”

Springboard Trust welcomes the cohort as alumni, joining a further six other principals from the region who successfully completed SLPP in 2015. These principals can now access a set of services to assist with strategic change and strategy implementation.

Springboard Trust is excited to be expanding this year’s school intake to a further 12 principals for 2017.

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