Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme

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Our Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme is a 10-month, free programme that leverages cross-sector expertise to provide strategic leadership development and support for New Zealand principals. 

International research shows the pivotal importance of good strategic leadership for both improved school performance and student outcomes. The Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme is an action-orientated curriculum which helps principals build robust strategic plans for their school. Facilitated by senior business leaders and supported by skilled capacity partners, the programme is also designed to support each principal in their leadership development. Programme content is frequently updated by subject matter experts and tailored to meet the needs of individual participants by skilled facilitators.

In the Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme, we work intensively with cohorts of six principals over 10 months to develop strategic plans for their schools.

Senior business leaders facilitate a series of workshops in which principals learn about strategic planning in an education setting.

Peer collaboration encourages the development of problem-solving capabilities and the acquisition of new skills in an environment in which principals can speak frankly and openly.

98% of principals on the Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme have indicated that they learnt a lot by sharing with other principals in their cohort.

A capacity partner is assigned to each individual principal through a careful matching process to further support them in the process of developing useful strategic planning skills. The capacity partner coaches the principal outside of the workshops to help them produce their own strategic vision, plan and goals that will address the unique issues they face in their school.

Capacity partners are drawn from a pool of knowledgeable skills volunteers with successful business or public sector leadership experience.

At the end of the programme, each principal has developed a three-year strategic plan for his or her school, a one-year action plan, and has gained an enhanced support network of peers and business people. slpp one pager update final 120 x 170

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