Principals and senior leaders: how are you feeling?
Principals and senior leaders have been crucial in ensuring schooling could continue through the Covid-19 pandemic, but what has this meant for your wellbeing?
PPTA Te Wehengarua has partnered with Deakin University to be part of Professor Phil Riley’s longitudinal research on principal and senior leader wellbeing. And we need you to be part of it.
By participating in the research, you’ll help to compile valuable data about the actual state of wellbeing in the profession. This will provide vital evidence that we can all use to influence government policy and in collective agreement negotiations.
The research is conducted via an online survey and is open now. The link below will take to you a registration page for the survey platform EducatorHealth. Registering for EducatorHealth only takes a few minutes and is part of the security features of the platform.
The survey will also give you personal and private feedback about your own health and wellbeing, particularly if your responses raise any red flags.
It will take about one hour to complete the survey, and you can stop at any time to complete it later.
Thank you for your interest – by sharing our experiences, we can achieve real progress in making our profession better and healthier for ourselves, our colleagues and for future leaders.
What is the research and who is conducting it?
- PPTA Te Wehengarua has partnered with Deakin University to be part of Professor Phil Riley’s longitudinal research on principal and senior leader wellbeing. You can read more about Professor Phil Riley here.
- This will be the 1st year of the research, with two more years in 2021 and 2022.
- The survey is internationally comparable consisting of two internationally norm-referenced methodologies.
- These are included so that comparisons with the general population internationally can be made.
- The methodologies are rigorous and robust.
- The research has previously been carried out in Australia, Finland, Ireland and in New Zealand with primary school principals.
What will the data gathered in the principals survey be used for?
The data and evidence that was gathered will be used to inform
- work on wellbeing in the education sector
- development of claims for the next principal negotiations
- the wider community, about the demands principals and senior leaders are facing which contributes to workload and stress
How will this benefit me as a principal or senior leader?
- The data gathered will provide evidence to inform work to address the workload and wellbeing of principals and senior leaders in the lead up to the next negotiations.
- The survey will provide you with personal and private feedback about your own health and wellbeing, particularly if your responses raise any red flags.
- It will provide a voice for principals and senior leaders about the impact of workload and stress on leaders in schools. This is particularly important, given that dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to be an ongoing issue for principals and senior leaders.
Who is eligible to fill this out?
- All principals of state and state integrated secondary and area schools.
- All associate, deputy and assistant principals of state and state integrated secondary and area schools.
- Anyone acting in, or on sabatical from the above roles.
- You do not need to be a PPTA Te Wehengarua member to participate in the research.
Will the survey be confidential?
- The survey is run by Professor Phil Riley at Deakin University in Australia.
- The research is conducted independently of PPTA Te Wehengarua.
- PPTA Te Wehengarua has contributed to the financial cost, the demographic questions and is promoting the research.
- Privacy of participants is kept strictly confidential and no individual or school will be identifiable in any reporting of the results.
- Research findings are published in a report which will be available publically online.
Why do I have to register to fill out the survey?
- To access the survey, you need to register for the EducatorHealth platform.
- This is part of the security features of the survey platform.
- Registering only takes a few minutes. You do not need to download any software but you do need a stable internet connection. Once you have entered your basic details, you will receive an email containing a verification code that you must input to complete registration.
- Tip: check your junk/spam folders if it's not in your email inbox. You will then have access to the survey.
How long will it take to fill out?
- It will take approximately one hour the first time and subsequent annual surveys will take 40 minutes. The length of time reflects the depth of the research and information being gathered.
- The survey automatically saves at the end of each page , which means you don’t have to fill it out all at once.
- You will set a password when you begin the survey so you will be able to log back in, and continue wherever you left off.
- Remember to use a private email address
What happens after I have filled it out?
- You will receive a personal wellbeing report which will be sent to your email address. Should you receive an email with a red flag we urge you strongly to contact the various supports that will be listed in the email.
- The research will begin in 2020 and subsequent surveys will be sent out in 2021 and 2022.
- Once we have the final report with collated data we will determine how best to make use of the findings.
What should I do if I have technical difficulties?
Click on the ‘contact us’ link on the homepage of the survey you are completing
OR email firstname.lastname@example.org
What should I do I have forgotten my password?
Click on the 'contact us' link on the homepage of the survey you are completing
OR email email@example.com
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