Small Changes For A Big Impact On School Community Wellbeing

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8:30 am - 12:00 pm Tue 6th Jun 2023


Grand Chancellor Hotel, Chancellor 6 Room, 1 Davey Street, Hobart

Who should attend

Principals, wellbeing coordinators, school leaders and aspiring leaders

Who is speaking

Donna Cross OAM
National policy initiatives such as the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework as well as substantial and growing empirical evidence demonstrate the critical impact the school setting can have on school students’ wellbeing. Further, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other natural disasters such as floods and fires in Australia has required a renewed focus on social and emotional wellbeing across the community, and particularly in schools.

Significant evidence shows the actions of the principal and other members of the school leadership team directly influence the wellbeing of the school community. This influence is primarily through the impact of their leadership style on the school climate, building trust within the school, and encouraging and enabling quality relationships. The most effective wellbeing actions are evidence-based, involve the whole school, and are led by a trained wellbeing leadership team who benchmark and monitor the impact of these actions on the wellbeing of their whole-school community.

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of research addressing actions to support staff wellbeing, especially the wellbeing of principals, as well as evidence-based actions that have been found to improve the wholeschool community wellbeing, as well as student engagement and academic outcomes.

Donna Cross OAM

Dr Donna Cross is a behavioural scientist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Western Australia. She is also the NSW Chief Behavioural Advisor and a Senior Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Health and Medical Research Institute. Donna has received over $84m in competitive funding to complete research which has contributed to significant health and education policy and practice change in Australian and international schools and communities. Her research addresses students’ social and emotional learning, wellbeing, mental health promotion, bullying prevention, and positive and safe online behaviour and school staff wellbeing.

What you will learn

  • Focus area 1.1: Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
  • Focus area 4.1: Support student participation
  • Focus area 4.4: Maintain student safety
  • Focus area 6.2: Engage in professional learning and improve practice
  • Focus area 7.1: Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

Principal Standards

  • Leading Teaching and Learning
  • Developing Self and Others

Important information

Free for IST Member Schools. $120 for CET and DECYP Staff.

Terms and Conditions:

All participants are required to individually register to attend this session. If you do not register for the event you will not receive a certificate of attendance.

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