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National Aspiring Principals' Programme

National Aspiring Principals Programme

Targeted support:

The focus of the National Aspiring Principals Programme is on developing adaptive, culturally responsive, digitally literate leaders through coaching and inquiry learning, and building their understanding of the research base around leadership.

The expected outcomes:

  • School leadership for principalship in both Primary and Secondary. School leaders in any school type in New Zealand.


This is an individual leadership learning focused on development of leadership skills, capabilities, attitudes, and dispositions. Participants need to complete all of the following aspects: 

  • Critical reflection on their leadership for learning inquiry focused on changing teachers' practice to raise the achievement of students in the school, with a particular focus on Māori, Pasifika and students with special needs
  • An online reflective journal portfolio and active participation in the online communities, My Portfolio and Virtual Learning Network, throughout the year.
  • Attending the National Hui held in the April school holidays, 2015.
  • Four online modules of work based on the role of the principal (1 per term). Three indepth personalised inquiry-coaching sessions with an experienced coach. Contributing to a professional learning group online and four regional professional learning group meetings.
  • Peer coaching throughout the year
  • Shadowing principalship in another school.

Length of programme:

  • It comprises 12-months of professional learning. January - December.
NAPP Impact story (2014)  NAPP Infographic (2013)
NAPP Impact story (2015)   NAPP Infographic (2014)
NAPP Infographic (2015)  


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