Collective offer for primary school principals


In view of the primary and intermediate school principals threatening to go on strike with regards to better working conditions and pay parity with secondary school principals,

Primary principals have received pay parity with their secondary colleagues

The offer would see all primary principals receive pay parity with secondary principals on their base pay components (roll, staffing, and decile payments), and a three percent pay increase each year for three years.

The offer provides most principals with a cumulative pay increase of about 11 percent.

The increase for the principals of our smallest schools (with fifty children or less) will be significantly higher. The offer lifts the salary of these principals to match the rate of pay for principals leading schools of 100 students or less.

As a result, a primary school principal’s minimum salary will be $104,000 by August 2021, an increase of over $16,500.

Additional support staff will be provided for small schools to ensure there are at least two staff members in every school during the school day, from 28 January 2020.

A $300,000 per annum professional development fund for principals will be established from January 28, 2020.

All principals who are members of the NZEI will receive a one-off lump sum of $1500 each (pro-rated for principals working part-time).

The Accord continues to be offered to primary principals. There are around 1,950 primary principals.

The cost of this offer is about $68 million over three years.

Primary schools in New Zealand range in size. The smallest school has two students and the largest has over 1,200.  Just over a quarter of  1953 primary schools have fewer than 100 students.

Another 220 have 100-150 students and about 930 have between 150 to 500 students.

The principals will vote on the collective agreement offer from August 15-19.

The principal of Owairoa Primary School Alan McIntyre confirms saying, “In terms of the Principal Collective Agreement offer, principals around the country are meeting this week to discuss the offer and to vote on it.”

He personally believes that the offer will be accepted and no further action will be taken.