Primary principals' sabbatical

The Primary Principals' Sabbatical is a period of 10 school weeks' paid leave for you to undertake professional learning, reflection and rejuvenation. 

Each year there are 105 sabbaticals available to principals covered by the Primary Principals' Collective Agreement (PPCA), in state or state-integrated primary schools.

Applications for the 2023 Primary Principals' Sabbaticals are closed. Notifications will be sent on 9 September 2022.

The Frequently Asked Questions can be found here

Am I eligible for a primary principals’ sabbatical?

If you wish to apply for a Primary Principals' Sabbatical, you must:

  • be employed under the PPCA or applicable Individual Employment Agreement (IEA)
  • be employed as a primary principal in a New Zealand state or state-integrated school
  • have the support of your school's board of trustees or employer, including any agreed costs
  • hold a full and current practising certificate
  • have completed at least five years' service as a principal in New Zealand state or state-integrated schools.

Preference is given to applicants who have not received a study award or sabbatical in the last five years.

Apply for a primary principals' sabbatical

The application form includes guidelines on the types of professional learning that might be appropriate for a sabbatical and how your application will be assessed.

Read about previous recipients’ professional learning

You can read previous recipients' sabbatical reports on the Educational Leaders’ website

Contact us

We're here to help. If you can't find the answer you're looking for in the application guidelines, get in touch with us by calling 0800 165 225 or email


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