Principals Health and Wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing matters. The Directorate is committed to making sure you have a safe, healthy and positive workplace, strongly supported by the Directorate and collaborative partnerships with your peers.

Principal Health and Wellbeing Plan

The Directorate has partnered with the ACT Principals Association (ACTPA) to develop a Principal Health and Wellbeing Plan which will deliver on a range of immediate, short and long term initiatives to increase the focus on your health and wellbeing. Please see our joint letter word icon (52kb) for more about the partnership.

The Principal Health and Wellbeing Plan pdf icon (111kb) aims to increase the focus on the mental and physical wellbeing of our principals and to instigate cultural change more broadly. It will lay the foundations for best practice, building on the practices that are working well and strengthening the areas which require work to meet the complexities principals face every day.

The Plan aims to increase the focus on the mental and physical wellbeing our principals and to instigate cultural change more broadly. It lays the foundations for best practice, building on the practices that are working well and strengthening the areas which require work to meet the complexities principals face every day.

This plan responds to the Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey Report, by Philip Riley, and addresses recommendations in the ACT Principals Association (ACTPA) report on Principal Wellbeing in ACT Public Schools Report.

Principal Health and Wellbeing Plan Initiatives

Delivery of commitments made under the Plan will be overseen by a Principal Health and Wellbeing Governance Group, chaired by the Director-General and comprised of representatives from ACTPA and other key stakeholders from across the Directorate.

For any questions please contact Michelle Fisher MichelleX.Fisher@act.gov.au or 6205 2097.

Principal Health and Wellbeing

Actions against recommendation in ACTPA Principal Wellbeing Report

Recommendation

Timeframe

Initiative/s

Enablers

Benefit to Principals

Progress

Recommendation 1

Recommendation
1
Establish reference group

Short term

(3-6 months)

  1. Establish governance committee for principal health and wellbeing (part of the quarterly ACTPA Executive meetings)
  • Noetic recommendations as part of revised Principal Career Structure
  • Workforce Capability Strategy
  • Leadership Strategy
  • Business Managers Advisory Group
  • Promotes a culture of health and wellbeing through regular engagement with issues.

Recommendation completed

  1. Principal Health and Wellbeing Governance Group established under Terms of Reference
  2. First meeting 16 October 2018 then quarterly prior to ACTPA Executive Meetings, with out of session engagement as required

Recommendation 2

Recommendation
2
Immediate implementation of ideas for action

Short term

(3-6 months)

  1. Dedicated site on Index providing access to health and wellbeing resources and programs including mental health, exercise and healthy eating.
  2. Develop tailored programs in
    • Critical incident Debriefing training
    • Personal Efficiency Program (pilot)
  3. Progressing initiatives that are part of existing/emerging strategies including:
    • Coaching/ Mentoring
    • Networking opportunities
    • Professional Learning Communities Principal preparation
  4. Engagement with relevant directorates and jurisdictions on health and wellbeing approaches.
  • Workforce Capability Strategy
  • Strategic Plan
  • Leadership Strategy
  • HR Portal/ HRIMS/ LMS
  • Easy access to information and programs regarding health and wellbeing.
  • Provides clear lines of support for addressing specific issues.
  • Provides opportunities for individual growth and personalised development.

Dedicated site on Index established under 'Our People/Principal Health and Wellbeing' and updated regularly and as the Plan progresses

Critical Incident Model is being developed in consultation with School Improvement and EAP panel providers. 

Personal Effectiveness Program (PEP)

The Personal Effectiveness Program (PEP) Training pilot to date has been delivered to ten participants, with feedback on the program being highly positive.

Delivery of another cohort of PEP participants has been endorsed, with five placements being Corporately funded.

Recommendation 3

Recommendation
3
Early collaboration between school and system leaders

Medium Term

(6-12 months)

  1. To be addressed as part of a cultural change process, rather than a specifically adopted model.
  • Workforce Capability Strategy
  • Strategic Plan
  • Principal Preparation Program
  • Leadership Strategy
  • Reduction in feelings of isolation.
  • Connects principals to experienced peers.
  • Provides psychological support.

Recommendation completed

Can close out on the basis of initiatives such as Critical Incident work, PEP, Capability Pipeline, Leadership Series, Just in Time sessions etc.

Ongoing Early Career principal meetings have been held as part of the cascading meeting structure under the Strengthening Leadership at all Levels Program

Recommendation 4

Recommendation
4
ESO commit to building a service culture through addressing workload demands

Long Term

(12-18 months)

  1. Benchmarking through governance group
  2. Business Manager training in enterprise skills
  • Strategic Plan
  • Workforce Capability Strategy
  • Business Managers Advisory Group
  • Leadership Strategy
  • Reduction in workload due to capability building.
  • Reduction in feelings of isolation.
  • Promotes processes that help to minimise work-related stressors.

Ongoing feedback being collected by HR Business Partners to inform programs and projects HR to address workload demands.

Being scoped through the Business Managers Advisory Group who have been tasked with defining the role, undertaking a skills audit and training needs analysis to inform an enterprise skills training program. Anticipated delivery September 2020 as committed to in the Strengthening Leadership at all Levels Program.

Recommendation 5

Recommendation
5
Principal induction and collaboration program

Medium Term

(6-12 months)

  1. Principal Preparation and Induction Program
  2. Professional Learning Communities
  3. Coaching/ Mentoring programs
  • Workforce Capability Strategy
  • Strategic Plan
  • Leadership Strategy
  • Principal Preparation and Induction Program
  • Reduction in feelings of under-preparedness.
  • Reduction in feelings of isolation.
  • Connects principals to experienced peers.
  • Promotes processes that help to minimise work-related stressors.

Principal Preparation and Induction is a strong focus and a review of all Induction processes, including Principal inductions and specific WHS Principal inductions is underway. This will be delivered in partnership with School Improvement and the Governance Group.  

Recommendation 6

Recommendation
6
Professional learning programs for school leaders at all levels

Short to Medium Term

(3-12 months)

  1. Strengthening Leadership At All Levels program
  2. Bastow Principal Health and Wellbeing: Mindsets for Effective Change.
  3. Career Pipeline development
  4. Introduction of HR portal/ LMS/ HRIMS
  5. Establishing as standing agenda item at existing leadership forums
  • Leadership Strategy
  • Career Pipeline
  • Strategic Plan
  • Workforce Capability Strategy
  • Capability building of principals.
  • Promotes a culture of health and wellbeing through regular engagement with issues.
  • Provides opportunities for individual growth and personalised development.

Program has commenced delivery.

31 principals attended the first Bastow workshop, with another intake in June 2019.

Part of Workforce Capability Framework Action Plan and job design model being implemented in 2019.

Working closely with the Whole of Government approach on delivery of HRIMS.

Recommendation 7

Recommendation
7
Managing principal workload and workflow in context

Medium Term

(6-12 months)

  1. Personal Effectiveness Program
  2. Promotion and advocacy of AITSL resources
  3. Business Manager training in enterprise skills
  • Revised Principal Career Structure
  • Workforce Capability Strategy
  • Leadership Strategy
  • School Improvement Strategy
  • Business Managers Advisory Group
  • Principal capability framework
  • Reduction in workload due to additional supportive resources, and capability building of staff.
  • Capability building of principals.
  • Promotes processes that help to minimise work-related stressors.

Personal Effectiveness Program (PEP)

The Personal Effectiveness Program (PEP) Training pilot to date has been delivered to ten participants, with feedback on the program being highly positive.

Delivery of another cohort of PEP participants has been endorsed, with five placements being Corporately funded.

Recommendation 8

Recommendation
8
Improve procedures for addressing violence in the workplace

Medium Term

(6-12 months)

  1. Response to the Caple Review and Schools for All Recommendations
  2. Critical Incident Debriefing
  • sHealth, Safety and Wellbeing team initiatives
  • Workforce Capability Strategy
  • Provides expert support to encourage better health and wellbeing outcomes.

Being progressed as part of the OV Enforceable Undertaking commitments.

Recommendation 9

Recommendation
9
SET investigates complaint procedures

Long Term

(12-18 months)

  1. Procedure streamlining
  • School Improvement team work
  • Work, health and safety systems and processes
  • Reduction in workload due to streamlined compliance procedures.
  • Promotes processes that help to minimise work-related stressors.

This is ongoing to ensure that delivery of initiatives in line with the PHWB plan are streamlined, efficient, transparent and with the end used in mind.

Governance Group

Meetings are held once a term and out of session as required. The latest Agenda and Minutes are attached:

Resources

Contacts

There are a range of people you can contact for support and advice. For more information, refer to the EAP.

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Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

The Newsletter provides regular hints, tips and useful health related information to implement in your school or office setting. Current and past editions of the Newsletter can be accessed here.

ACTPS Employment Portal- Health, Safety and Injury Management

The ACTPS Employment Portal includes a section dedicated to the Health, Safety and Injury Management of ACT Government employees. It provides resources and information designed to assist you to achieve a state of mental health that allows you to realise your own abilities, cope with normal stresses of life, work productively, and make a contribution to your community.

ACT Healthier Work

Healthier Work is an ACT government service under the Healthy Weight Initiative established to support employers to develop health and wellbeing initiatives within their workplace. Healthier Work will assist workplaces to develop and implement programs, policies and practices that lead to healthier workplaces and ongoing employee healthy lifestyle changes. Access the website here.

ACT Health find-a-health service

The find-a-heath service website is an ACT Government maintained tool to assist with finding a health service, seeking health advice, and finding information. Access the service here.

AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership)

The AITSL website provides knowledge, guidance and resources so that you can become the best teacher or leader you can be. This includes tools, support, research and evidence on a variety of topics including self-reflection, preparation, and expected standards.

HealthDirect

HealthDirect is a government-funded service that provides quality, approved health information. Access the service here.

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Money

The Moneysmart Website contains information and online tools relating to a host of financial matters. Access the website here.

Training

The ACTPS Training Calendar offers a number of courses that may be relevant to health and wellbeing. These currently include:

    • Wellbeing Matters (Self Resilience)
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Managing Yourself Through Change
    • Managing Time & Workloads
    • Developing and Applying Emotional Intelligence
    • Leading & Planning and Managing Change
    • Behavioural De-escalation
    • Decision Making Skills

The Professional Learning and Events Calendar can also be used to access relevant training opportunities.

Mental Health for Schools Masterclass: 12 March 2019, Sydney http://educatormasterclass.com/mentalhealth/#

Reports and Research

Media Reports

Reports and Research

For further assistance or information about health and wellbeing initiatives, please contact the Work, Health and Safety Team on 620 70614 or eduhealth&wellbeing@act.gov.au

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