Leadership Advisor support for beginning principals

Support for beginning principals in their first two years in the role

We have a team of more than 35 leadership advisors. They are all experienced school principals who are committed to ensuring all beginning principals/ngā tumuaki succeed. Each advisor works with an allocated group of beginning principals/ngā tumuaki.

The leadership advisors’ support is focused principally in the areas of:

  • leading learning

  • governance, staff and stakeholder relationships

  • professional leadership inquiry.

We support you to increase your leadership capability as a leader in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Each beginning principal/tumuaki is also supported by a mentor. The mentor supports the principal/tumuaki with day-to-day queries. They provide support primarily around the administration and management of the school.

The beginning principal/tumuaki is further supported by a regional management group in each region. This group brings together representatives from Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga, the Ministry of Education and local principals’ associations to contribute collectively to the development of this regional support.

What does the support involve?

Beginning principals/tumuaki receive support for two years. Over that time they will be supported through:

  • personalised one-to-one coaching and mentoring from their Leadership Advisor

  • just in time support from their mentor

  • regional hui held once a term.

Regional hui are professional learning opportunities. Speakers are invited to present. Their aim is to provide appropriate challenges for all new leaders.

The beginning principal/tumuaki is further supported by a regional management group in each region. This group brings together representatives from Evaluation Associates, the Ministry of Education and local principals’ associations to contribute collectively to the development of this regional support.

Appointed to your first principal role. What should you do?

Please contact us at leadershipadvisors@evaluate.co.nz so that we can welcome you to the community of beginning principals.

What if I have other questions?

If you have any other questions about our support for beginning principals please don't hesitate to contact us at leadershipadvisors@evaluate.co.nz.

Our impact

Since 2017, we have supported over 1200 beginning principals and tumuaki. Overwhelmingly, we receive high satisfaction ratings for our support.

Beginning Principal mentors

Are you a current practising principal? Register your interest in being a mentor for a beginning principal in your local area.

Contact us if you have been appointed to your first principal role or if you have any questions.