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Teaching and School Practices Survey Tool (TSP)

Please note that the TSP Survey is available through NZCER Assist from Term 2, 2023.

The Teaching and School Practices Survey Tool (TSP) is a free online survey tool that provides New Zealand's first national picture of teaching and school practices, and principal leadership in English-medium schools.

The TSP is an example of research being put in to practice. The items in the tool come out of robust research on effective teaching and school practices and effective principal leadership. 

The tool is designed for schools and Kāhui Ako to inquire into their teaching, school, and principal leadership practices. It was launched in 2017 and is available for use in Terms 2 and 3 of the school year.  

NZCER holds the data from the tool and uses it to create an annual report. The first of these  was published in March 2018. The reports and the summaries are available below.

The tool was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to provide:

  • school-level data that can be used by schools and Kāhui Ako in review and planning to improve teaching and leadership capability, and
  • national data that can be used for evaluating the impact of policy, initially the introduction of Kāhui Ako and changes to professional learning and development.

The survey was developed with the active support of an Advisory Group. The Advisory Group had representatives from NZEI, NZPF, NZAIMS, PPTA, SPANZ and NZSTA, working collaboratively with ERO, the Education Council, the Ministry of Education, and researchers and professional development providers. It was trialled with a representative cross-section of schools.

For more information about the tool or to register, visit