The Ministry, NZSTA and other education agencies provide many resources and tools to support trustees in their role as employer. Key resources are described in Appendix 1.
Approximately 60 percent of board chairpersons and half the principals surveyed had used the Ministry publication Effective Governance: Recruiting and Managing School Staff: A Guide for Boards of Trustees (2012) and the NZSTA Application Form Template as shown in Figures 13 and 14. Boards also used the NZSTA publications about appointing a primary principal (2005 and 2009), and other NZSTA material.
Figure 13: Resources boards found useful for appointing a principal
Other useful sources of information and advice for principals included: NZEI material, NZPF material, and the Catholic Education Office handbook.
Figure 14: Resources principals found useful for appointing staff
A recent study of secondary schools reported that the main sources of advice and support for boards were NZSTA website resources, the principal, NZSTA helpdesk, Ministry website resources, and the NZSTA industrial advisory service. The study also found that only about half the schools could look at archives or records of previous board papers and access information online. This suggests that some boards are not able to access resources online and that resources distributed in earlier years to a previous board may not be readily available.
The following comment illustrates the importance of having easily accessible and identifiable guidelines on good practice.
I think as long as there is a set of documents showing best practice from beginning to end and a checklist then it’s a much safer process. These should be informed by schools that have gone through the process and are able to share do's and don'ts. Some frequently asked questions would also help. We found some good stuff but in more than one document/place. It is a big responsibility, by a group of well meaning volunteers/parents, so some time and effort put into providing a decent handbook would be appreciated. (Secondary school chairperson)