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Springboard Trust is a unique charitable trust working within the New Zealand educational sector to assist principals enhance strategic leadership capability. Our work stems from the fundamental premise that more effective strategic leadership will not only enable positive change in schools, but also assist in improving student outcomes.

Springboard Trust builds school leadership competency through strategic planning and strategy implementation programmes. Our professional learning and development (PLD) for principals is supported by leadership coaching from talented cross-sector skills volunteers.

By partnering with some of New Zealand’s leading public, private and philanthropic organisations, Springboard Trust has already made an impact for over 300 alumni schools, many of which serve challenged communities in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wellington and Christchurch.

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Our programmes

Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme

Tailored professional development for educational leadership. We focus on the individual strategic leadership needs of the principal, leadership team and school.

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Network of skilled volunteers

Become a skills volunteer

Join our network of over 100 professional leaders using their unique skill sets to enhance strategic leadership capability in schools.

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Strategic partners

Become a strategic partner

Springboard Trust partners with organisations who share our goal of achieving greater equity in education. Their support enables us to deliver high-calibre programmes to New Zealand school leaders.

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Recent Stories

Tips for using a "proactive" approach to talent management within your school

Talent management refers to the anticipation of required human capital for an organisation, and the planning to meet those needs … Everything done to recruit, retain, develop, reward and make people perform forms a part of talent management, as well as strategic workforce planning. (Wikipedia)

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Waikato principals springboard to strategic success

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.

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