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The Springboard Trust’s Strategic Leadership for Principals’ Programme (SLPP) has provided professional development for over 160 New Zealand principals, which in turn, has had a positive impact on thousands of New Zealand students’ learning opportunities.

In an impact report recently released by the Springboard Trust and complied by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER), author and Chief Researcher Dr. Cathy Wylie says the Strategic Leadership for Principals’ Programme is impressive and impactful.

“The engaging learning experience offered by the Strategic Leadership for Principals’ Programme had a positive impact on the leadership of participating principals, improved leadership capacity among teachers and improved learning opportunities and gains in student knowledge and skill. It is an impressive programme” says Wylie.

Based on a curriculum originally developed by Springboard Trust chair Ian Narev, and delivered by experienced mentors and facilitators, known as capacity partners, some principals interviewed said it was the best professional development opportunity they had undertaken.

Wendy Kofoed Principal Newmarket School says “lack of time for professional development is a familiar issue for education leaders, but the Springboard Trust time was sacrosanct. My capacity partner was astute, supportive and brought a welcome ‘fresh lens’ to my work. In short I found the whole experience probably the best PD I have ever had as a principal.”

The Springboard Trust, a small not for profit entering its 10th year, aims to improve student education outcomes by assisting education leaders make the most of their role. Focused on enhancing the leadership and strategic planning skills of school principals, the organisation partners senior business leaders, capacity partners, with school principals at no monetary cost.

Dr. Wylie says a key success factor is the unique cross-sector collaboration, “the Strategic Leadership for Principals’ Programme is a rare cross-sector approach which allows business and education leaders to work together respectfully on a common ground to improve education and outcomes for children, and it’s working”.

Currently in Northland, Auckland, Waikato and piloting this year in Gisborne, the Springboard Trust has aims to extend all four of its programmes throughout the rest of New Zealand. Springboard Trust Chief Executive Lorraine Mentz says “We have ambitious goals to extend our service to principals and communities throughout New Zealand. Over the next three years we aim to have more than 300 schools on-board, positively impacting more than 100,000 children since the programme’s inception”.


Principals and Capacity Partners attend Northland Graduation.

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