Principal Advisor support for beginning principals

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

Support for beginning principals in 2024

We have a team of more than 30 principal 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 principal advisors’ support is focused principally in the areas of:

  • leading learning

  • governance, staff and stakeholder relationships

  • professional leadership inquiry

  • school management

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

The beginning principal/tumuaki is further supported by a regional advisory 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 will receive regular support in 2024 as they commence their new leadership role. During this time they will be supported through:

  • Building their knowledge, understanding and practice in their principal’s role 

  • Bringing effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi 

  • Engaging in learning conversations with a trusted principal advisor who will listen, advise, coach and challenge as appropriate 

  • Connecting to networks of colleagues and further support within the system and wider sector 

  • Engaging with key leadership resources that reflect leadership within Aotearoa New Zealand 

  • Developing and actioning personal professional learning goals   

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

Please contact us at so that we can welcome you to the community of beginning principals.

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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

Our impact

Since 2017, we have supported over 1400 beginning principals and tumuaki. Overwhelmingly, we receive high satisfaction ratings for our support.

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