Prime Minister John Key is today expected to unveil a plan
that will allow the boards of some poorly performing schools
to hire high performing principals with big pay incentives.
Dubbed "change principals", the policy is bedded in the
belief that the leadership in school can have a big impact on
the quality of teaching and the quality of achievement.
Boards with vacancies will have to get the agreement of the
Ministry of Education that they qualify for a
It was understood that the concept of change principals would
be introduced next year, only if National leads the next
It will be part of a broader education package of policies to
be announced today by Mr Key in his annual state of the
nation speech. The speech is expected to focus on lifting
The salary allowances is expected to come from the $1 billion
in new spending forecast for the next Budget, rather than