Deputy Principal

Wairakei Primary School Deputy-Principal position. Year 1–6, decile 5, roll 400+.

We offer a brilliant career opportunity for senior leadership in our well-regarded school, located just 9km north of Taupo in Wairakei Village.

Taupo is the adventure capital of the central North Island and home of the Great Lake.

We have fantastic students and supportive families who work with our dedicated teaching and support staff for the benefit of our students. Our school offers great facilities, we are financially sound and we support and serve our thriving village and wider rural community.

This is an excellent opportunity for a proven, collaborative senior leader.

We are seeking an experienced, empathetic, culturally responsive Deputy Principal who will support our principal in leading learning throughout our school.

This position is a walking position for 2020.

As our Deputy Pprincipal, you will:

  • Be a reflective practitioner
  • Enjoy working collaboratively
  • Be an experienced teacher
  • Have a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our school values
  • Have knowledge of PB4L and restorative practices
  • Be a great role model
  • Support our school PTA
  • Work with and continue to develop our school curriculum delivery plan
  • Have managed school event or celebrations.

Person Specification Deputy Principal

The successful applicant will have:

  • Successful experience as a primary/ or intermediate school classroom teacher

  • Successful experience as a primary/ or intermediate school team leader/AP/DP

  • Either previous success as a Team Leader or Assistant/Deputy Principal or the identifiable potential for proven success as a Deputy-Principal at this school

The successful applicant will have demonstrated all or most of the following:

Personal Skills

  • Support Principal to inspire teaching and support staff

  • Approachable with very good interpersonal and communication skills

  • Able to communicate and interact well with students, staff, parents and wider community

  • A genuine passion for education and children

  • Can relate well to all students both inside and outside the classroom

  • Positive attitude and engaging presence; with a good sense of humour

  • Flexibility, creativity, innovation and problem-solving capability

  • Interested in and genuinely listens to student (and parental) voice

  • Personal integrity and can lead by example as an effective role model

  • Able to work collaboratively with and support the Principal with sound advice related to all teaching and learning matters

  • Responsive to feedback and review/critique and be a positive learner too

  • Able to cope well with pressure in a calm, courteous and professional manner

  • Able to manage conflict effectively and to remain calm in difficult situations

Professional Skills

  • Positive leadership dispositions and approaches that balance consistency with the need to be adaptable according to the situation and persons involved

  • Commitment to a whole-student approach and creating a positive social-emotional and safe learning environment 

  • Expert understanding and practice around current primary teaching and learning pedagogy

  • Expert understanding and practice around current primary level planning, assessment, and reporting 

  • Expert knowledge, application, and reporting of all aspects of the National Standards

  • Expert understanding and practice around current primary level numeracy and literacy

  • Capacity to support Principal in analysing, interpreting and acting upon educational data to identify target learners to drive accelerated progress and achievement

  • High expectations for all student’s progress and achievement across all areas

  • Capacity and practice to support the Principal so that school organisation and decision-making are focused upon quality, effective teaching, and learning

  • Understanding of e-Learning and modern learning practice

  • Understanding and leadership with inquiry learning

  • Understanding and leadership with Teaching as Inquiry

  • Understanding of Growth Mindset, Enviro-Schools, restorative practice or other initiatives

  • Expert understanding of the New Zealand Curriculum

  • Capacity and capability to step-up and deputize for the Principal in their absence 

  • Support Principal with an effective appraisal of allocated teaching and support staff

  • Can successfully meet all aspects of the Deputy-Principal Job Description as outlined

  • Can successfully meet all aspects of the Primary Teachers’ Professional Standards and the Education Council’s Practicing Teacher Criteria to a consistent and high standard

School Culture and Values

  • Capable of supporting the principal to undertake school internal evaluation

  • Willing to embrace local Tikanga and be supportive of Te Reo Maori, and be supportive of Maori, Pasifika and all other cultures

  • Caring, culturally aware and empathetic to students of diverse abilities and cultures

  • Has a philosophy that matches school Mission and Values and supports the Principal

  • Ability to connect with and be a participant in the wider school community as appropriate

  • Understands encourages and supports the role of sporting and cultural activities

  • Ability to recognise the characteristics of this school and the contributing communities

  • A clear commitment to Wairakei School interests and also to developing and building sound relationships with contributing pre-schools and other primary schools

If you are ready for your next career step, and you wish to join a high performing team in a successful school on a 4-5 year ERO review cycle, apply now.

Applications close: Thursday, November 14, 4 p.m. 2019.

Position starts: Term 1, February 3, 2020.

Application Form available here or

Application, Cover Letter and CV please email:

Deputy Principal Job Description 2020 

Download version available here


  • Employed By: Wairakei Primary School Board of Trustees

  • Responsible to: Principal and Wairakei Primary School Board Trustees

  • Relationships with: Principal, Associate Principal, Teaching Staff, Ancillary Staff, Outside Agencies, Parent, Pupils 

  • Responsible For:  Carrying out the professional duties of a professional leader according to the policies of the board and to assist with the successful implementation of the National Education Guidelines

Management Units:  5 Permanent 1 Fixed termStatus: Permanent/Full time 

Primary Objectives:

  • To lead and drive school based curriculum focus areas and their implementation across the school.

  • To provide leadership of the assessment and reporting process acting as facilitator of assessment collection and overall analysis and reporting to staff and board.

  • To oversee, monitor, review school charter to help implement and develop shared goals and vision across the school.

  • To work closely with the Principal and in discussion with the Board of Trustees, staff, students and parents to foster community relationships through strong communication and commitment to the school vision.

  • Support and work with teachers to ensure behaviour management is maintained within the school

  • Any other tasks within the leadership role of the Deputy Principal

  • Be able to report on all personal goals set within the performance agreement

  • Complete three blogs per term to evidence  professional practice within the school


Key Tasks

Action (identify how relevant info will be gathered)

Dimension 1 – Professional Leadership

  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of current approaches to effective teaching and learning

  1. Is familiar with the NZ Curriculum Framework, National Priorities, School Charter and policies

  2. Keeps up to date with current thinking, research and approaches through regular professional development related to the school’s Annual Operation plan

  3. Manages a team within the school

  4. Incorporates appropriate and effective       practices into the school management system, to meet  school needs

    1. Demonstrates a commitment to provide quality teaching and learning programmes

    1. Applies effective Management strategies to the school situation

1.8      Assists the Principal in the day to day leadership of the school

    1. Builds network to enhance own learning

    1. Uses self-reflection to improve on own performance

  • Play a lead role in staff development in teaching and learning. 

  • Model effective teaching strategies and coach teachers to improve teaching 

  • Read research and share with staff the implications for practice

  • Value and utilize staff strengths. 

  • Provide and promote leadership opportunities for staff. 

  • Play an active role in senior management meetings

  • Maintain professional relationships with other senior staff. 

  • Play a leading role in reflecting on effective teaching and leadership practice. 

  • Effectively manage a team. 

  • Deputise for the principal as required

  • Assist the principal in school self-review 

  • Undertake professional development and incorporate into practice to improve performance

  • Regularly review current practice in area of responsibility. 

  • Read and reflects on MoE updates.

  • Keep a reflective journal 

  • Provides professional leadership to staff within the delegated area of responsibility

  • Makes constructive contributions to the work of the senior management team in a manner which supports effective school organisation and improved learning outcomes for students

  • Understands, and applies where appropriate, current practices for effective management from both within and beyond education

  • Supports the principal in the leadership of the school and deputises when required

  • Identifies and acts on opportunities for improving teaching and learning

  • Reflects on own performance assessment and demonstrates a commitment to on-going learning in order to improve performance


Professional Standards

Key Tasks

Action (identify how relevant info will be gathered)

Dimension 2 – Policy and Programme Management

  • Initiates, plans and manages in association with the principal and other staff, policies and programmes which meet national requirements, are consistent with the school’s charter and strategic planning, and which reflect the school’s commitment to effective teaching and learning

  1. Is conversant with National Education Guidelines

  2. Contributes to the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan, which reflects the National Priorities and identified needs of students

  3. Contributes to an Annual Plan based on the Strategic Goals

  4. Supports staff in developing programmes 

           which meet the identified needs of the     students

2.5Assists teachers to address the cultural and social diversity of students and meet their needs within classroom programmes

2.6Contributes to the organisation of effective programmes for special needs and abilities 

2.7Assists the Principal to establish and maintain effective School/Home  partnerships 

  • Assist principal to ensure school policies and procedures in pedagogy and curriculum meet requirements.

  • Contribute to the development of the annual plan - student achievement targets, action plan, reviewing and reporting

  • Support staff in developing and implementing challenging programmes 

  • Establish effective assessment practices and a data analysis process.  

  • Assist teachers to identify and plan for individual student needs within the resources available.  

  • Monitor achievement for all students in line with National Priorities.  

  • Maintain effective communication with parents through parent education meetings, open days, newsletters

  • Understand the implications of NZ’s changing cultural, social and economic context and ensures that these changes are reflected in the policies and programmes within the delegated areas of responsibility

Dimension 3 - Staff Management

  • Participates in the school’s performance management systems and makes recommendations to the principal on appropriate professional development opportunities for staff

3.1Maintains a performance management system that provides support and guidance related to appropriate professional development

3.2Assists in the professional development planning and budgeting

  • Ensure that challenging appraisal objectives are linked to relevant professional development opportunities

  • Encourage staff, within budget constraints, to observe effective teaching practice 

  • Inform and support new staff.  Have specific leadership actions to ensure this occurs.

  • Value and respect staff diversity. 

  • Recognise and celebrate staff successes and achievements

  • Foster a culture of professional reflection and debate

  • Recognise and act on opportunities for leadership growth of teachers

  • Provide opportunities for feedback and next step in learning for staff

3.3Assists the Principal to ensure appropriate induction of all new staff

  • Motivates and encourages staff to improve the quality of teaching and learning

3.4Encourages a co-operative and supportive environment for staff

3.5Promotes staff involvement in professional education

  • Devolves responsibilities and delegates tasks when appropriate

3.6Delegates leadership tasks to teachers, specific to their identified roles and skills

3.7Provides clear guidelines and support for delegated responsibilities 


Professional Standards

Key Tasks

Action (identify how relevant info will be gathered)

Dimension 4 - Relationship Management

  • Fosters relationships between the school and the community

  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing to a range of audiences

  • Provides information to the principal on areas of delegated responsibility in order to assist with effective day to day management and strategic planning in the school

  • Establishes and maintains good communication processes with staff, and between staff and members of the senior management team

  • Understands and operates within the limits of the delegated authorities and adopts a consultative approach with the principal and other staff of issues relating to school policy

  1. Fosters a climate of trust and co-operation between the school and the wider school community

4.2Presents a positive image in promoting the school

4.3      Meets regularly with the principal to inform him/her informed on areas of delegated authority

4.4      Maintains effective communication with staff and principal

    1. Ensures principal and staff are consulted and kept informed on areas of delegated responsibility

  • Promote community involvement in the life of the school. 

  • Regularly consult and inform school community on school programmes

  • Maintain effective reporting to parents

  • Liaise with outside agencies

  • Ensure that the principal is kept informed of successes and concerns related to staff, students or parents in area of responsibility.

  • Ensure that staff are listened to and that their ideas/concerns are taken to senior management team when appropriate

  • Establish effective communication processes and ensure that they are maintained. 

Dimension 5 Finance & Management

  • Effectively and efficiently uses available financial resources and assets, with delegated areas of authority, to support improved learning outcomes for students

5.1Operates an effective budget  within the Annual Plan

5.2Monitors and reports to the principal on the use of finances and assets within delegated responsibilities

  • Manage the budget in area of responsibility to enhance student learning

  • Lead team review of effectiveness of resources and learning spaces, to support teaching and learning school-wide 

Signed: Employee:                                    Date 

Signed: Principal                                       Date

Timeline for Application and Appointment

Tukutuku Korero Education Gazette and on

Online advert Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

Application pack available

Applications close

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 4 p.m.

Application review, assessment and shortlisting

By Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

Shortlisted applicants notified by phone & letter

(unsuccessful applicants notified by emailed letter)

By Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Interviews likely date

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Offer made to successful candidate likely date

(unsuccessful applicants notified by phone by Monday, November 25, 2019)

Monday, November 25, 2019

Position commences February 3, 2019