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Strengthening the strategic leadership of New Zealand principals

Wylie, C, & Burgon, J.

SpringboardTrust is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to improve student outcomes through improving the effectiveness of principals. Its work addresses a conspicuous absence in the support needed for principals in the New Zealand self-managing schools system.

NZCER was asked to evaluate the short-term impact of SpringboardTrust’s flagship programme, the Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme (SLPP). Since 2007 SLPP has provided customised leadership development for 120 principals whose schools serve in total close to 41,719 students. It is a year-long programme.  

This evaluation focused on the alumni of 2012–14. It draws on interviews with 40 alumni principals, principal ratings of their strategic skills and plans pre- and post-SLPP and Education Review Office (ERO) reviews pre- and post-SLPP. 

You can find the report on the Springboard Trust's website.

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