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Principals can be multi-school managers

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/10/2016

Parliament has passed a bill that allows principals to manage more than one school.

That's the most important provision in the Education Legislation Bill, which carries a raft of minor changes to the Education Act.

It says an effective principal can make a significant difference to student achievement through their professional leadership and the culture they inspire in a school.

But many small or rural schools find it hard to recruit or retain high quality principals.

It will be up to school boards to decide whether they want to share a principal.

Another change allows schools to change their opening hours with the agreement of the community.

"It gives schools the flexibility they've been seeking to cater to the particular needs of their students," Education Minister Hekia Parata said.

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