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2021 programme applications are now open!

Applications are now open for our Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme (SLPP) and Strategic Leadership for Rural Teaching Principals (SLRTP).  

Since 2007, Springboard has been delivering SLPP to principals in need across New Zealand. Our vision is to dramatically improve outcomes for NZ learners, and we do this by improving principals’ strategic leadership.  

The Springboard model is unique: we operate across sectors, partnering principals with volunteer experts from the public, private and philanthropic realms. Principals gain the tools and frameworks they need to improve conditions – and outcomes – for students.  

SLPP and SLRTP: What’s the difference?  

SLPP is our flagship programme, teaching the core tenets of strategic leadership over approximately 10 months, with workshops and meetings throughout. You can find out more about the programme details here.  

SLRTP is one of our latest offerings, and the first programme of its kind in New Zealand. Originally piloted in 2020, this programme incorporates elements of SLPP and our Springboard Coaching for Leadership programme, delivering leadership capability development that is specifically tailored to rural teaching principals. You’ll find more about that programme here.  

2021 application details 

The application process is simple – you fill out our form for your preferred programme, and we’ll be in touch about availability and next steps. 

For 2021, we have 72 places for principals available across these two programmes. As part of this, we are piloting our very first virtual cohort  - accessible to principals from anywhere in New Zealand and a key development in our post-COVID approach.  

If you’re ready to apply for either programme, details are below. If you’re a volunteer looking to develop your own skills and work with a principal, you’ll find more details here.  

Apply for our 2021 SLPP and SLRTP cohorts

Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme (SLPP)

A fully funded 10-month development programme for New Zealand principals.  The Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme (SLPP) brings New Zealand principals together with strategic experts to develop your leadership and to support clear, insightful planning for schools.  Strategic leadership is a pivotal element for improved school performance. The ability to plan, manage and report as the fulcrum of your community ensures strong relationships and the right conditions for everyone to thrive.    This year, Springboard Trust is thrilled to announce its very first virtual cohort – accessible from anywhere in New Zealand in 2021. How SLPP works for NZ principals  Over a series of workshops spanning 10 months, SLPP explores the core elements of strategic leadership for New Zealand principals – beginning the journey to creating better student outcomes.   This learning occurs with the support of a Capacity Partner – a dedicated expert volunteer, with whom principals will build a trusted, high-empathy relationship that delivers outstanding impact. This cross-sector model is unique to Springboard Trust, and ensures every principal who takes part has personalized support to meet their needs at both a personal and professional level.   Together, they work with a cohort of up to six other principal-Capacity partner pairings, under the guidance of an experienced facilitator and Springboard’s own expert Programme Managers.   By the end of the programme, principals typically demonstrate significant progression in:  One- and three-year planning and outlook  Creating and communicating a vision and strategic plan Identifying, communicating with and gaining buy-in from key stakeholders Measuring the impacts of their changes Leading the same transformative change for their team  This forms the bedrock of the conditions for improved student outcomes, which we explore in more detail through our Alumni Services.   For more information on the direct impacts on school leadership that principals gain through SLPP, please check out our annual Impact Reports.  SLPP Requirements and Application Details  SLPP is open to principals who wish to enhance their strategic leadership. However, due to the high number of applicants we receive each year, priority may be given to principals with the greatest need for support.   2021 SLPP workshops will delivered either in person, virtually or through a combination of both – please note that depending on location, some travel may be required for the former. Across the 10 months, it is expected that principals will spend around two hours per week engaging in this professional learning and working with others, in addition to the workshop times.  Volunteers will be required to give around 40 hours of their time, while for facilitators about 50 hours of time is required.   Applications for principals have closed for 2021 - but please get in touch with our team if you wish to join a cohort! For volunteers with leadership experience who want to find out more about becoming a Capacity Partner, you can find full details of the role here – or contact our Volunteer Manager Rebecca Brown to express your interest in the next programme.  

Strategic Leadership for Rural Teaching Principals (SLRTP)

Rural teaching principals face challenges that their metropolitan counterparts often do not.   Working as both teacher and principal, these leaders also have numerous other roles within their school. On top of this, in a rural context school leadership extends far into the community – to the extent that they are ‘always on’.   Finally, there are often significant hurdles for rural teaching principals in terms of accessing development opportunities, and finding relief teaching when those opportunities arise.   With some 20% of the country’s principals in this situation, Springboard Trust is thrilled to offer a unique, fully-funded programme designed with them in mind.  Tailored development for rural teaching principals  The Strategic Leadership for Rural Teaching Principals Programme (SLRTP) is the first of its kind in New Zealand. Combining elements of our Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme (SLPP) and our Springboard Coaching for Leadership programme, we developed this course in recognition of those rural-specific challenges that principals face.   SLRTP includes:  Three 2-day residential block courses and one final full day course  Interactive webinars from our Subject Matter Experts  Regular online cohort meetings  A 360° leadership review  One-on-one meetings with Impact Coaches  Debriefing sessions with Programme Managers  Self-paced learning and ancillary resources   Cohort engagement through our Canvas LMS  Taken over the course of a calendar year, principals will pair with Impact Coaches – volunteers from our network of experts – and learn the fundamentals of strategic leadership, with a unique focus on rural teaching principal roles.   They will work together through our new blended learning model, combining the best of both virtual and in-person learning environments.   As with our other programmes, the relationship with your volunteer forms the cornerstone of your learning. A high-trust relationship forms, and helps you develop your skills as a leader within the parameters of the programme.   For principals, it is a fully funded leadership development course – a benefit made possible by our partners in the Elaine Gurr Endowment Trust, from Perpetual Guardian. Who can apply for SLRTP?   SLRTP is open to all principals who have not completed our previous programmes, and who fit the following criteria:   Work in schools with fewer than 100 students Teach in classrooms on a regular basis  Live in communities a significant distance from the nearest major urban area   Applications for SLRTP typically open in Term 3 of the year before the course begins. To get in touch about taking part in this course, please contact one of our team.   For volunteers interested in becoming an Impact Coach, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Rebecca Brown.  

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