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Finland to use Aus education toolkit

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We’re often told to look to Finland for direction on education but the tables have been turned with the Nordic nation adopting National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative’s (NESLI) Staff Wellbeing Toolkit.

The Finnish Association of Principals will implement the toolkit throughout Finland after Damien Farrell, National Director launched the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit at Finland’s National Conference for School Principals. The Staff Wellbeing Toolkit is a direct response to the international Principal Health & Wellbeing Survey, which points directly to the need for global school leaders to attend to occupational health, safety and wellbeing within the workplace.

NESLI’s Staff Wellbeing Toolkit is designed to help schools create a professional climate which is conducive to the optimal health and wellbeing of all staff. Attending to the health and wellbeing of school employees is a global concern, and one that the Finnish education system takes seriously. In rolling out the Toolkit, NESLI will be collaborating with Dr Philip Riley and the Board of the Finnish Association of Principals. 

According to Mr Farrell, “This exciting partnership illustrates the potential for Australia to take quality education solutions onto the world stage.”

Since its Australian launch in 2017, the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit has been undertaken by almost 6,000 individuals from over 240 Australian schools. Additionally, the program has been adopted by the Northern Territory Department of Education, as well as numerous Catholic dioceses. It is also being delivered to schools across New Zealand in partnership with CORE Education. 

Dr Anna Dabrowski, Director of Education and Evaluation, has emphasised the importance of the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit to the education sector: “Based on the responses of more than 2,700 participants, our data indicates that educators are time poor, unhealthy, anxious, and lonely.  Yet after completing the toolkit, 97% of participating schools reported to have improved their wellbeing and social capital levels. Toolkit graduates speak of improved relationships in the workplace, higher rates of job satisfaction, reduced anxiety and stress, and higher levels of happiness.” 


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