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Primary Principals' Sabbaticals

Reflect, rejuvenate and undertake professional learning with a paid sabbatical
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Primary Principals' Sabbatical

The Primary Principals' Sabbatical gives you paid leave for 10 school weeks so you can reflect, rejuvenate and undertake professional learning. Each year, we offer 105 sabbaticals to principals in state or state-integrated primary schools.

Long-Serving Primary Principals' Sabbatical

Following the settlement of the Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement (PPCA) in 2023, we are now offering 20 Long-Serving Principals' Sabbaticals of 20 weeks for experienced principals from 2024.

You can find more information about the sabbaticals in the Primary Principals’ Sabbaticals Guide 2025 in the popular resources section on this page.

Apply now

The application period for the 2025 Primary Principals’ and Long-Serving Principals' Sabbaticals opened on Thursday 16 May and will run for 6 weeks until Thursday 27 June. You need to use your existing Education Sector Logon (ESL) role to log in and apply for these sabbaticals.
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For support with accessing your ESL, see the information on our applications webpage:

Education Sector Logon (ESL) – Education Applications & Online Systems

If you do not currently have an ESL role, contact your school's ESL Delegated Authoriser who will be able to set up an ESL role for you in the ’Te Mahau Service Portal’.  

Key sabbatical information

Primary Principals' Sabbaticals 2025
Number of sabbaticals available
105 + 20 for long-serving principals
Application period opening date
16 May 2024
Application period closing date
27 June 2024
Outstanding document date
4 July 2024
Notification date
3 September 2024

Contact us

If you have any questions, we’re here to help.  

Email: teacher.studyawards@education.govt.nz

Freephone: 0800 165 225 

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