Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes. Your first step is to contact your principal/leader and Arinui administrator to arrange for your account to be released. Please be aware of your professional obligations regarding maintaining privacy of data and student information. Your Arinui administrator needs to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We can move you into your new school/organisation if they are using Arinui, or you can continue to use Arinui without further charge for the remainder of your appraisal cycle.
From that point on you will have the choice to continue using it by paying an individual user charge, or cease subscription and can access your collection but no longer make changes. If your new school/organisation is using Arinui you can transfer your account to that school or set up a new account, whichever you and your new school prefer.
If you have moved schools/organisations but your account is not currently active in their Arinui zone, please email us on email@example.com
Yes, Arinui is very suitable for Principals to support their appraisal process.
The interim registration policy of the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand states (Requirements for Principals’ and Tumuaki Appraisal) that anyone in a teaching position in a school in the general education system must hold a current practising certificate. A principal’s position is a teaching position. While it is possible that principals may not teach their own class/es, they are ultimately responsible for the teaching and learning of the children and students in their schools and directly responsible for the professional learning and development of their teachers. The principal is the leader of learning.
To be issued with or to renew a current practising certificate, principals and teachers need to be annually appraised using all 12 Practising Teacher Criteria (PTC). The principal’s performance review/appraisal should address their performance objectives aligned with the school charter and annual plan, the PTC and the principal professional standards, and learning and development objectives (linked to career structure payments in 4.4 of the principals’ collective agreements). More information about the complete performance review process is available on NZSTA’s principal performance management page.
As is the case for teachers, Arinui is designed to support principals to approach the evaluation (appraisal) of their own practice against the PTC using an inquiry or improvement approach. It also enables the principal to make clear links to the Practising Teacher Criteria (PTC) and the extent to which the evidence is shaping up over the course of the appraisal year can easily be monitored through the summary on the dashboard page.
While principals (and other school leaders) have some additional criteria that they must evaluate their performance against (for example, their professional goals and evidence for career structure payments) these can be simply added into the Arinui evidence sections as additional categories.
If you wish to read more about the whole process of principal appraisal, the Education Council website has information and webinars to support schools’ appraisal processes. New Zealand School Trustees Association also has resources for the performance review/appraisal of principals. It is strongly recommended that the processes followed for principal performance review/appraisal are aligned with those used for their teachers across their school.
More information can also be found on the Education Review Office website where you can download their 2014 publication “Supporting school improvement through effective principal appraisal”.
Arinui keeps the whole evaluative process simple and strongly supports rigorous self-reflection, just as it does for teachers.