Relativities between primary principal and senior teachers’ pay

The vast majority of resources for schools are calculated according to roll size and this has always been the case. This includes principals’ salaries.

This means that in some cases the principals in our smallest schools may be paid less than a teacher with leadership responsibilities in a larger school. This is not new and the offer made to settle primary teachers’ and principals’ collective bargaining claim has not changed that.

There are a number of different leadership roles in schools and bigger schools have more of these roles. These include roles such as associate or deputy principals, or a curriculum design or syndicate leader. The number of units a school gets funding for is also determined by the size of its roll. Schools decide how to allocate the units, worth $4,000 each.

Most teachers receiving units for management and leadership roles and responsibilities get between one and four units; only 16 percent of teachers who receive units get four or more. All principals in schools with fewer than 100 students are paid more than their teachers, regardless of any unit/s they receive. This situation continues under the proposed settlement.*

Primary schools in New Zealand range in size. The smallest school has two students and the largest has over 1,200.  Just over a quarter of all our 1953 primary schools have fewer than 100 students. Another 220 have 100-150 students and about 930 have between 150 to 500 students.

*Note: some teachers may receive additional payments such as Kāhui Ako|Communities of Learning allowances paid for across communities or within schools teachers, or Māori Immersion Teaching Allowances. These are be paid in addition to management units, which may further affect relativities. (Principals who have Kāhui Ako|Communities of Learning lead principal roles also receive extra allowances.)

Primary School Principals by School Roll Size

U Grade

Roll size

Number of Primary Principals

U1

1 to 50

278

U2

51-100

247

U3

101-150

222

U4

151-300

502

U5

301-500

427

U6

501-675

197

U7

676-850

61

U8

851-1025

14

U9

1026-1200

4

U10

1201-1400

1

Total

 

1,953

 

 

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