4.4 Area School Principals’ Career Structure

    1. This clause outlines a career progression for Area School Principals who meet the professional criteria as affirmed by their Board and the service criteria. Payments made under this clause are to encourage and recognise individual professional growth, leadership and contribution of an area Principal.
    2. Provided that the Principal has entered into a performance agreement and undertaken an annual review as in clauses 2.1.2, 4.1 and 4.2 within the last 12 months, Principals covered by this collective agreement will be entitled to a career allowance based on clauses 4.4(c)-(j) and the following service and professional criteria:
StageService criteriaProfessional criteria
1 – Initial Principalship
  • Minimum of 3 years continuous service as a Principal in a New Zealand State or State Integrated Area School
  • Meeting the requirements of the performance review/agreement (as in clause 4.1 and 4.2)
  • Completion of the First Time Principals’ Programme (or similar)
  • Participation in a professional learning and development plan which may involve (but is not limited to) mentoring, professional supervision, study or a professional learning and development project aligned with school goals.
2 – Experienced Principal
  • Minimum of 6 years continuous service as a Principal in a New Zealand State or State Integrated Area School
  • Meeting the requirements of the performance review/agreement (as in clause 4.1 and 4.2)
  • Participation in a professional learning and development plan that demonstrates professional growth, including pedagogical leadership. This could be through further tertiary study/qualifications, a sabbatical project or professional learning project in own school context.
3 – Leading Principal
  • Minimum of 9 years continuous service as a Principal in a New Zealand State or State Integrated Area School
  • Meeting the requirements of the experience Principal (as above)
  • Contribution to or leadership of a learning or professional community that contributes to the wider education sector.
    1. The Board of Trustees is responsible for affirming that the Principal meets the professional criteria, after which one of the following career allowances shall be made and will be paid fortnightly. A Principal can only receive one payment under 4.4(d) at any one time.
    2. The career payments for each stage are as follows:
Career Stage Rate effective
2 June 2018
1 – Initial Principalship $3,714
2 – Experienced Principal $7,428
3 – Leading Principal $11,143
    1. For the purposes of this clause, continuous service is not broken by a gap in principalship of up to three years. Service as a Principal in a New Zealand State or State integrated school shall be included in the calculation of service under the service criteria. A special case may be made by a Board of Trustees to the Ministry of Education to have other Principal service included in the calculation of service provided that at the time of applying the Principal has completed at least a year in a New Zealand State or State integrated area school.
    2. Service will not be counted for periods of time spent:
        1. on leave without pay;
        2. on secondment (other than as a Principal in another school);
        3. as supernumerary in a teaching role;
        4. as a relief or acting Principal (except where the acting or relief Principal moves directly to a substantive Principal role).
    3. When there is a break of more than three years service before reappointment as a Area School Principal, previous experience as a Principal shall be credited as one half year of service for each complete year of Principalship (that would otherwise be eligible as service for this allowance), allowing the Principal the possibility of moving directly to any of the three career stages providing she/he meets the relevant professional criteria, provided that:
        1. at the time of eligibility she/he has completed one year in their current position;
        2. that while they were on the break for three years or more the Principal consistently maintained their teacher certification;
    4. Where the Principal does not meet these requirements, three years service must be completed prior to the previous experience as a Principal being credited as one half year of service for each complete year of Principalship (that would otherwise be eligible as service for this allowance).
    5. Principals who have met the service criteria of stage one (or higher) but have not participated in a First Time Principals’ Programme and who are no longer eligible to do so shall demonstrate through their professional learning and development plan that they have participated in professional learning activities similar to the First Time Principals’ Programme.
    6. A Principal who is undergoing corrective action pursuant to clause 6.2.2 or 6.3 of this agreement shall not receive the career allowance from the commencement of the procedure until such time as the corrective action has successfully been completed at which time the career allowance recommences.
    7. To maintain eligibility for the career allowance, every three years the Principal’s Board of Trustees must re-affirm that the Principal meets the service and professional criteria and has undertaken a performance agreement and annual review within the previous 12 months (consistent with clause 4.1 and 4.2).

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