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Strengthening the strategic leadership of New Zealand principals: Summary

Cathy Wylie and Jacky Burgon
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SpringboardTrust is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to improve student outcomes through improving the effectiveness of principals. NZCER was asked to evaluate the short-term impact of its flagship programme, the Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme (SLPP).

In 2015 SpringboardTrust and NEXT foundation commissioned the New Zealand Council of Education Research (NZCER) to evaluate the short-medium term impacts of the Strategic Leadership for Principals programme (SLPP) on school leadership and schools. Focusing on Alumni principals from 2012 - 2014, the evaluation found the programme is of a high calibre, is well-constructed and highly effective.  The main aim of this report is to bring together the different sources of information about principals and schools to form an overall picture of changes that can fairly be ascribed to SLPP. It also look at how the changes that are evident relate to the intent and nature of SLPP. Analyses whether they can differences the kinds of changes reported by principals are due to differences in how long it is since they did SLPP, the quality of their SLPP experience, ongoing participation in the Alumni Learning Platform (ALP) workshops or in their own needs and interest, or in the school context.

The full report is available from the SpringboardTrust website.

The executive summary can be downloaded below.

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