Principal Health and Wellbeing - Frequently Asked Questions

​Am I eligible to participate?

Principal Health and Wellbeing is currently available for substantive principals and acting principals who have been in the role for more than six months. In 2018 the workshop will be also be available to substantive assistant principals.

What research and theory is this workshop based upon?

This workshop is informed by research from the Australian principal health and wellbeing survey: 2011-16 by Dr Philip Riley and the Department of Education Principal Work and Wellbeing Survey 2016 conducted by the Bevington Group. The theory of engagement that the workshop is based upon is drawn from the work of Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson and Donald Schön. Snyder’s theory of hope is also used in some aspects of the workshop.

What kind of things can I expect to learn in this professional learning?

You will develop an understanding of:

  • the factors that cause stress for principals in general and as individuals
  • how your current decision-making processes and values may influence your health and wellbeing
  • how to evaluate your own circumstances to develop a personalised plan for your health and wellbeing
  • the benefits of small peer support groups who meet to discuss mutual health and wellbeing.

At the conclusion of the professional learning, will I walk away with anything practical?

Yes, you will have a completed an individualised Health and Wellbeing Plan. You will also have completed an individualised Alternative Theory of Action to support this plan and other change strategies that may lead to improved health and wellbeing for you in the future.

Why do I have to return for a third half-day workshop after 10 weeks?

After 10 weeks of implementing your Health and Wellbeing Plan we get together to review and reflect upon the barriers and successes you have encountered. You may then wish to alter your future plan and possibly revise your Alternative Theory of Action in the light of real, day to day school experience.

I am a little hesitant about the ‘personal engagement’ that is mentioned in the workshop outline, what does it involve?

Whilst not requiring you to share any experiences with the whole group, this workshop does rely upon you talking in pairs with a trusted peer about how your health and wellbeing is affected by your role, what your motivating beliefs are as a principal and how these beliefs translate into action. This requires a high level of confidentiality and trust. This workshop does involve critique of current practices and relies on the feedback of a critical friend to achieve maximum effect.

Is there the option of follow-up coaching in this professional learning?

Whilst there is support for participants during the duration of this professional learning from the facilitators, this support is not in the form of coaching. If you are looking for coaching support you may be interested in Bastow’s Coaching for Principals and Assistant Principals - On Demand course.

How many participants will I be with in this workshop?

Each intake of the workshop is planned to have between 18 and 26 participants.

Are the benefits of this workshop purely personal or are the skills developed also recognised as part of my professional development?

Whilst the benefits to your health and wellbeing are very personal, this workshop is directly aligned with the Developing Self and Others focus of the Australian Professional Standard for Principals where the following attributes are identified.

Principals should:

  • model the importance of health and wellbeing
  • watch for signs of stress in self and others
  • take actions to address such stress.