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ERIC Number: ED524533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Principal Vacancies and Appointments 2009-10
Robertson, Sally
New Zealand Council for Educational Research
School leadership in New Zealand has gained more attention in recent years. The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) began collecting data on all principal advertisements in the "Education Gazette" in late 2007. This brief report analyses principal vacancies advertised in the "Education Gazette" in 2009 and 2010. It also analyses the data from the surveys of board chairs about appointments made in 2009 and 2010. It makes some comparisons with the 2008 data. Some relevant information on principal careers and teacher interest in becoming principals from recent NZCER national surveys is also included. Some of the main findings were: (1) In 2008, 304 advertisements were placed, in 2009 there were 194 and in 2010 there were 219. These figures suggest that 2008 was an unusually high year in terms of advertisements; (2) Small schools and rural schools showed higher principal vacancy rates than other schools; (3) Overall in 2009, the median number of applicants was nine, with a range from one to 41; (4) Almost all boards used additional expertise in the appointment process; (5) In 2009, only 16 percent of boards thought the field of applicants for their school's principalship was very good to excellent. However, 87 percent thought those on their shortlist were good/excellent quality; (6) Most boards said they were very satisfied with the appointment they made (in 2009, 92 percent and in 2010, 88 percent); (7) In 2009, women made up 53 percent of the shortlisted applicants for principalship, but only 44 percent of those appointed; (8) Over half of those who were shortlisted and selected both in 2009 and 2010 were new principals; (9) In both 2009 and 2010 the two main destinations of principals who left these positions were to another principalship (27 percent in 2009 and 36 percent in 2010) or retirement (21 percent in 2009 and 26 percent in 2010); (10) For secondary schools, the NZCER national survey data indicate that principals have been staying longer in their positions. However, the pattern is less clear for primary/intermediate school principals; (11) Data from the NZCER national surveys indicates that a significant minority of principals feel stuck in their role; and (12) There is increased interest from secondary teachers in the principalship, with 13 percent being interested in the role in 2009, up from 8 percent in 2006. (Contains 3 tables and 20 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand