Would pay reductions help then? Would that motivate better outcomes?

The Principals’ union boss doesn’t want principals to get more money. She says that there is no evidence to suggest that paying people more will get better results.

Principals’ Federation president Denise Torrey has criticised the Principal Recruitment Allowance scheme through which?five schools have received a $50,000 boost to their principal’s salary.

Opononi School and Mangamuka School in Northland, Ngaruawahia High School in Waikato, Kimi Ora Community School in Hawkes Bay, and Aranui Community Campus in Christchurch are the first to receive the allowance to recruit principals.

Under the scheme, which is part of the government’s $359m Investing in Educational Success programme, principals will receive an additional $50,000 a year for three years and the board can apply for two further renewals of two years each.

Torrey warned that “more money in a principal’s pocket” would not help kids learn better, or make a better principal.

Principal salaries ranged from $90,000 to $160,000 depending on the roll size, she said. ?

“You won’t find any correlational research that shows paying extra money to a principal leads to better learning outcomes for children.

“Maybe it’s worth a shot, but it does seem to me to be inequitable.”

This is awesome.

I wonder if principals currently enjoying a pay rise will be happy knowing their union boss thinks they shouldn’t get more money for doing a great job.

If there was ever proof that teacher unions are out of touch with reality then this is it.

Good luck lobbying the government for principal pay rises in?the?future, expect this argument to be thrown back in their faces.


– Fairfax