Performance management

You’re required to participate in your school’s performance management process. The school board performance manages the principal. The board can delegate performance management of teachers and other school staff to the principal.

About performance management

Effective performance management means that as a principal or teacher you:

  • know what’s expected of you
  • are supported to achieve the agreed expectations
  • are monitored and assessed on your performance
  • can develop your skills

It also provides an agreed basis for salary progression.

Professional standards

Your performance is assessed against the professional standards set out in your employment agreement.

Collective agreements

Assessment guidelines

The Secretary for Education has set out:

  • principles underlying the policies and processes that boards must have in place for assessing teacher performance
  • the process boards must follow in assessing teacher performance
  • the aspects of a teacher’s performance a board must assess.

Note that these guidelines will be reviewed, once the Teaching Council has confirmed its new approach to teacher appraisal, following the Accord that was signed between the Ministry of Education, NZEI Te Riu Roa, and PPTA Te Wehengarua in June 2019.  As part of the Accord, the parties agreed to work together to remove performance appraisal, with the Minister committing to removing the relevant requirements in legislation. 

Performance management in schools guidelines [DOC, 252 KB]

Further information

Visit the New Zealand School Trustees Association website for information on effective governance for schools.

New Zealand School Trustees Association(external link) 

Visit the Educational Leaders website for information on performance management for principals.

Educational Leaders website(external link)

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