Part Three: Remuneration

Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement
Effective: 8 April 2013 to 31 March 2016

3.0 Remuneration

A principal’s remuneration shall include the U Grade rate, the staffing funding component, the decile payment (where applicable), the payment for Leadership and Realising Youth Potential, the High Priority Principals’ Allowance (where applicable) and the Secondary Principals’ Career Allowance made under clause 4.4 (where applicable).

3.1 Principals’ Salaries

3.1.1 The following U grade rates shall apply:

U-Grade Roll size Rates prior to
8 April 2013
Rate effective
8 April 2013
Rate effective
8 April 2014
1 1-50 $74,125 $75,237 $76,177
2 51-100 $82,260 $83,494 $84,538
3 101-150 $89,090 $90,426 $91,557
4 151-300 $96,071 $97,512 $98,731
5 301-500 $103,052 $104,598 $105,905
6 501-675 $107,042 $108,648 $110,006
7 676-850 $111,196 $112,864 $114,275
8 851-1025 $115,353 $117,083 $118,547
9 1026-1200 $118,178 $119,951 $121,450
10 1201-1400 $121,003 $122,818 $124,353
11 1401-1600 $125,125 $127,002 $128,589
12 1601-1800 $129,248 $131,187 $132,827
13 1801-2000 $133,103 $135,100 $136,788
14 2001-2200 $136,959 $139,013 $140,751
15 2201-2400 $140,334 $142,439 $144,219
16 2401+ $143,708 $145,864 $147,687

3.1.2 The staffing funding component (subject to the note below) is generated by the relevant formula below:

From 8 April 2013
Total Teacher Staff (TTS) ≤ 13, the staffing funding formula will be (($700 x TTS) + $2,726)
Total Teacher Staff (TTS) > 13, the staffing funding formula will be ((138 x TTS) + $10,417)

From 8 April 2014
Total Teacher Staff (TTS) ≤ 13, the staffing funding formula will be(($709 x TTS) + $2,760)
Total Teacher Staff  (TTS) > 13, the staffing funding formula will be ((140 x TTS) + $10,547)

The staffing funding component is based on total teacher staffing that includes entitlement, attached and resource staffing, in addition to entitlement staffing transfer, teacher specific time allowances and staffing for attached units under Boards of Trustees as determined in the Ministry staffing notice. It does not include teachers who may be employed above entitlement from a Board’s operations funding.

Note: Any principal who continues to be eligible for the grandparenting of the previous supplementary grant formula as per the conditions of the promulgated Secondary Principals IEC 1998, shall have this formula used to calculate the salary entitlement under 3.1.2. This shall be subject to any conditions relating to that grandparenting that were applied at that time.

3.1.3 Principals in decile 1-4 schools shall also receive a payment in addition to 3.1.1 and 3.1.2, according to the following tables:

Decile 1 or 2 schools

U Grade Rates
1 $3,633
2 $4,123
3 $4,472
4 $4,821
5 $5,171
6 and 7 $5,380
8 and 9 $5,800
10 and 11 $6,079
12, 13, 14, 15 & 16 $6,289

Decile 3 or 4 schools

U Grade Rates
1 $1,817
2 $2,061
3 $2,235
4 $2,411
5 $2,585
6 and 7 $2,690
8 and 9 $2,900
10 and 11 $3,039
12, 13, 14, 15 & 16 $3,144

3.1.4 Leadership in Realising Youth Potential

  1. Each principal of a secondary school shall be entitled to:
    1. A per annum payment, paid fortnightly, of $3500;
    2. A per student payment of $3.00 per annum, paid fortnightly, for each Year 11-15 student. From 8 April 2015 the per student payment, paid fortnightly for each Year 11-15 student will be $6.00 per annum for principals of decile 1 to 4 schools (inclusive) or $4.00 per student for principals of decile 5 to 10 schools (inclusive).

    These payments are in recognition of the work that principals will do to develop and implement actions to increase the retention, engagement, and achievement of students in secondary schooling, help young people build on their qualifications when they leave school, and to progress along clear pathways into sustainable employment.

  2. No student may create more than one payment in any one year. Foreign fee paying students and adult returning students are excluded from the per student payment in 3.1.4(a)(ii).

Note: The roll for determining this payment shall be set annually and be the greater of the GMFS roll or the March 1 confirmed roll of the following year.

3.2 Definition of roll

3.2.1 For the purposes of determining a principal’s U grade as per 3.1.1 and 3.1.3 “roll” shall mean the greater of the GMFS roll or the 1 March roll of the following year, as determined by the relevant Staffing Order in Council, except that students who are included in the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (at 1 July for the September school roll purposes) shall be counted on the following basis:

  • Students classified as “very high” under the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme shall be counted as six instead of one;

  • Students classified as “high” under the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme shall be counted as three instead of one.

3.3 Expenses

3.3.1 The principal shall be entitled to reimbursement of the actual and reasonable expenses incurred by the principal in the proper performance of the principal's duties in accordance with the reimbursement provisions applying to teachers in the school and as specified in the applicable Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement or as may be approved by the board. Reimbursement shall be made out of the school's operational funds.

3.3.2 Removal expenses shall be available to the principal and funded by the Ministry as provided for in Part 10 of this agreement.

3.4 Changes to U Grade and Decile Funding

3.4.1 Where the salary rate of the principal as specified in clause 3.1.1 changes as a result of a drop in the U grade of the position (determined by the greater of the GMFS roll or the confirmed 1 March roll of the following year) and the principal’s salary exceeds the rate for the new U grade, the following shall apply:

  1. The amount of the principal’s U grade payment above the rate for the new U grade will be protected for a period of 24 months inclusive of the school year that the new U grade is confirmed in the 1 March roll;
  2. After the 24 month period of U grade protection, the principal shall be paid no more than the appropriate U grade for the position;
  3. U grade protection under this clause shall lapse if the principal accepts an alternative position or is appointed to a new position in another school.

3.4.2 Where the U grade of the principal’s position increases, (as determined by the greater of the GMFS or the confirmed 1 March roll of the following year), the principal will move to the new U grade rate from the beginning of the new school year in which the 1 March roll is determined.

3.4.3 For clarity, salary protection includes the U grade (3.1.1) and any applicable decile rating (3.1.3). It does not include the salary generated by the staffing funding component formula in 3.1.2, the Secondary Principals Career Structure allowance (4.4) and the payment for leadership in realising youth potential (3.1.4).

3.4.4 In the event of a change in the school’s decile rating the change in the decile rate will be effective from the beginning of the following year; except that where the change to the decile would reduce the decile rating of the principal, the existing rate will be protected for a period of 24 months from the first day the change takes effect.

3.5 General

3.5.1 The remuneration received by the principal pursuant to this agreement shall be deemed to compensate fully the principal for all time worked and duties performed under this agreement.

3.5.2 Nothing in this agreement shall affect the principal’s entitlement to continue making contributions to the Government Superannuation Fund and to receive all benefits that the principal may be entitled to under the Government Superannuation Fund Act.

3.5.3 Nothing in this agreement shall affect the principal’s entitlement to continue making contributions to the SSRSS and TRSS and other government approved retirement savings schemes and to receive all the benefits that the principals may be entitled to under these schemes.

3.5.4 It is noted that the rules for the retirement schemes differ with regard to the components of remuneration which form part of the contributions to the schemes.

3.6 High Priority Principals' Allowance

The High Priority Principals’ Allowance (HPPA) provisions below shall apply to principals employed in those secondary schools identified by the Ministry of Education as requiring additional support for recruitment and retention. The schools identified by the Ministry are those set out in separate advice and may be changed by the Ministry as needs change, no more than annually, after consultation with the NZPPTA and SPANZ.

  1. Full-time fully registered teachers employed as principal on a permanent or long-term relieving basis of two consecutive terms or more shall be entitled to receive the allowance of $3000 per annum.
  2. Principals moving to a school which has been designated as a HPPA status are entitled to either the transfer and removal provisions of this agreement or the National Relocation Grant. On completion of a minimum of three years' continuous service in one or more HPPA schools a principal shall have access to the transfer and removal provisions of this Agreement when moving from this category of school to another principal position in a state or integrated school.
  3. In the event that a school is removed from the HPPA coverage, a principal in receipt of the HPPA immediately prior to that change, shall continue to receive the allowance until the end of the school year. Principals so affected shall retain their entitlement to the transfer and removal provisions of this Agreement for a further three years.
  4. A principal in receipt of the Principal Recruitment Allowance is not entitled to receive the High Priority Principals’ Allowance at the same time.

3.7 Allowance for Community of Schools Leadership role

3.7.1 Each designated Community of Schools will be entitled to recruit for a Community of Schools Leadership role (the role), and be entitled to allocate an allowance for undertaking that role. 

3.7.2 In the first instance the Community of Schools will seek to recruit one principal to the role. A principal who has met the selection criteria, been selected to undertake a Community of Schools Leadership role and has been appointed to the role by their employing board shall be entitled to receive an allowance of $30,000 per annum. The period of the appointment shall be for a fixed period of up to two years, subject to 3.7.4, 3.7.6 and 3.7.7 below.

3.7.3 Where a Community of Schools cannot select one principal from within the Community of Schools to the role, the Secretary for Education may agree to alternatives to appointing one principal from within the Community of Schools which may result in alternative arrangements for the payment of the allowance outlined in 3.7.2 above and for the provision of the time allowance outlined in 3.7.5 below.  This approval may be subject to conditions.

3.7.4 The appointment of a principal to the role may be renewed by the employing board for a maximum of one further period of up to two years, subject to 3.7.6 and 3.7.7 below, and any conditions set by the Secretary under 3.7.3 above. 

3.7.5 The employing board, or boards in combination, shall receive in total a 0.4 FTTE time allowance for the fixed period to enable the appointee(s) to fulfil the functions of the role.

3.7.6 Where an acting appointment becomes necessary, the allowance, or part thereof as appropriate, will be payable to the appointee(s) undertaking that acting role. 

3.7.7 The allowance may be suspended by the employing board(s) where the principal is undergoing competency processes as outlined in clause 6.2.2, and/or disciplinary processes as outlined in clause 6.3.

3.7.8 The allowance will cease to become payable in the following circumstances:

  1. where the principal ceases to be employed as a principal at that school; or
  2. where, with the agreement of the board, in consultation with the Community of Schools, the principal voluntarily relinquishes the role; or
  3. where the fixed period of the allowance ends, regardless of whether the principal remains employed at that school; or
  4. where the board becomes ineligible to make the allowance available (In such circumstances the principal will be provided with three months’ notice, except where there is a lesser period due to the expiry of the fixed term.

3.8 Principal Recruitment Allowance

3.8.1 The Secretary for Education may grant approval to a Board of Trustees to pay its principal an allowance of $50,000 per annum for a fixed period of three years subject to 3.8.2 to 3.8.5 below.

3.8.2 The approval is subject to any conditions determined by the Secretary.

3.8.3 The allowance may be renewed by the Board subject to the prior approval of the Secretary, for a maximum of two further periods of up to two years each. 

3.8.4 The allowance may be suspended by the board while the principal is undergoing competency processes, or disciplinary processes (or both) as outlined in clause 6.2.2 and/or 6.3 respectively.

3.8.5 The allowance will cease to become payable in the following circumstances:

  1. where the principal ceases to be employed as a principal at that school; or
  2. when the fixed period of the allowance ends, regardless of whether the principal remains employed at that school.