Education Today Logo


Education Today Cover Browse Issue

NESLI Wellbeing Tookit has positive effect on mental Health in schools

National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI)’s Staff Wellbeing Toolkit is having a profound impact on the mental health of Australia’s schools, according to the Interim Impact Report published on 21 September. As a result of doing the 5 module program, schools reported a marked quantitative improvement in understanding the importance of wellbeing, improving collaboration amongst staff and enhancing the quality of interactions between teachers and administrators.

The Wellbeing Toolkit is based on a blend of direct instruction and broader social-constructivist theory, with a particular focus on dialogic learning and self-discovery. The learning outcomes in each module work through Biggs’ SOLO (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes) model, from surface-level learning via identification, articulation, description and recognition, through to the deeper (relational and extended/abstract) learning associated with interpretation, relation, discussion, planning, application and evaluation.

To date the Toolkit has been completed by school employees in 180 schools. Participants were asked to assess each module on a 1-5 scale (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest). 

Asked whether each module ‘gave new insights into improving personal wellbeing’, the average score was 4.1 out of 5 (82%). Asked whether each module ‘gave new insights into improving team/group wellbeing’ the average score was 3.75 out of 5 (75%). Participants also experienced a 21% increase in positivity scores throughout the program.

Each participating school is provided with a Wellbeing and Social Capital Report which contains useful data as to how the learning institution is performing across a number of important dimensions. 

“We are extremely pleased that the Wellbeing Toolkit is achieving positive results for participating schools,” said Damien Farrell, NESLI National Director.

Toolkit Leader post-program survey

Participating schools nominated one or more Toolkit Leaders to facilitate peer learning sessions and provide a project management role throughout the program’s implementation. In order to obtain meaningful feedback from Toolkit Leaders, a five-point Likert scale is used where 1 = strongly disagree and 5 = strongly agree.

NESLI has committed $750,000 over three years to ensure that the Wellbeing Toolkit is fully resourced.


12 Dec 2018
Year 12 exam results aren't everything News Image

Year 12 is both a start and an ending and this period of change can be stressful. But there is help available if kids seem to be struggling with their mental health.
Read More

12 Dec 2018 | National
Bypass ATAR News Image

There are a few anxious school leavers right now, maybe they didn't get the ATAR they needed for the course they wanted or maybe they didn’t pass at all, but fear not there is more than one way to skin a cat. Read More

11 Dec 2018 | NSW
Rural school’s learning platform make for easy access learning News Image

Located on the Victoria-New South Wales (NSW) border, Wodonga Middle Years College (WMYC) has leveraged technology so every student can access education from anywhere at any time. Read More

11 Dec 2018 | National
Queenslanders best Young ICT Explorers News Image

The 2018 national winners of the Young ICT Explorers competition have been announced with teams from Queensland and Australian Capital Territory taking home the top prizes. Read More

10 Dec 2018 | International
Finland to use Aus education toolkit News Image

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. Read More