Date of Issue: February 12, 2010
Effective: Until revoked or modified
Subject: TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT OF PRINCIPALS AND VICE-PRINCIPALS
Application: Directors of Education
Secretary-Treasurers and Supervisory Officers of School Authorities
Ontario's publicly funded education system supports and reflects the democratic values of fairness, equity, and respect for all. Recognizing the importance of education, the Ontario government has established the following three core priorities:
In Reach Every Student: Energizing Ontario Education, 2008, the government reaffirmed its support for the role of the principal with a commitment to develop a more comprehensive leadership strategy. In September 2008, the Premier launched the Ontario Leadership Strategy, the goals of which are to attract the right people to become principals and to help them develop into the best possible instructional leaders. Key components of the Ontario Leadership Strategy include mentoring for all newly appointed principals and vice-principals in their first two years of practice, performance appraisal of principals and vice-principals, and promotion of the Leadership Framework, as well as succession planning and talent development to ensure the best possible leadership in the years ahead.
The Ontario Leadership Strategy also focuses on establishing terms and conditions of employment for principals and vice-principals that are consistent across the province. In 2005, the government first introduced the idea of consistent terms and conditions in the discussion paper entitled Leading Education: New Supports for Principals and Vice-principals in Ontario Publicly Funded Schools. To support the government’s commitment to establishing province-wide terms and conditions and to determine effective practices, the ministry facilitated joint meetings of associations of principals, supervisory officers, and directors of education from November 2008 to
School culture is a significant determining factor in student learning, and the principal, as instructional leader, is critical to establishing this culture. Leadership and its impact on student achievement and well-being in a school board1 is the shared responsibility of the management team, and each member of that team plays a significant role. As part of the management team, principals2 and vice-principals are the link at the school level between the board, teachers, support staff, students, and parents,3 all of whom are focused on student achievement and well-being. The development of clear terms and conditions of employment is an integral component of good succession planning and is seen as a factor to help attract potential school leaders.
The purpose of this memorandum is to set out provincial standards of practice to assist school boards in establishing terms and conditions of employment of principals and vice-principals that are consistent province-wide.
All boards will implement this memorandum by March 31, 2011. School boards with existing terms and conditions for the employment of principals and vice-principals will review their document to ensure that it is in accordance with the requirements outlined in this memorandum. School boards without existing terms and conditions will develop a document that is in accordance with these requirements.
The Negotiation Process
When negotiating terms and conditions of employment, the local parties shall use the following process:
All terms and conditions of employment for principals and vice-principals shall contain the following locally negotiated provisions:
The documents Effective Practices Guide for Principal/Vice-principal Terms and Conditions of Employment and “Questions and Answers: Terms and Conditions of Employment of Principals and Vice-principals, 2010” are provided with this memorandum to assist boards in the development of the provisions of their terms and conditions.
1. In this memorandum, school board(s) and board(s) refer to district school boards and school authorities.
2. See section 11, “Duties of Principals”, of Regulation 298, made under the Education Act.
3. In this memorandum, parent(s) refers to parent(s) and guardian(s).