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Wellbeing course has 99% success rate

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The Staff Wellbeing Toolkit from NESLI is something that actually works to boost happiness in educators.

The impact report, which surveyed over 7000 participants, found that 98% of the participants reported an increase in their wellbeing and social capital with the greatest impact upon participants’ physical health and their levels of optimism.

NESLI‘s approach is holistic, programs cultivate positive patterns of thinking and feeling, and acknowledge challenges faced by educators. Colleagues are encouraged to build social capital across schools, including parents. Emotional awareness and intelligence are supported through neuroscientific principles that foster resilience and coping.

The toolkit is delivered in five modules,

  • Module 1: The critical importance of health and wellbeing
  • Module 2: Know thyself: addressing and overcoming challenges
  • Module 3: Building and developing resilience
  • Module 4: Mastering the art of influence and wellbeing  and
  • Module 5: Career and professional wellbeing and is currently being implemented across New Zealand, USA and Finland.

The NESLI Staff Wellbeing Toolkit was developed in collaboration with Assoc Prof Phil Riley, who conducts the Principal Wellbeing Survey each year.

Paul Mears, General Manager of NESLI Asia Pacific, said of the report into the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit; “The confronting findings released today in the 2018 Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey shows us how important it is that we address this issue as a matter of national urgency.

“We know that teachers and principals in Australia are overworked and undervalued. The toolkit is designed to address these concerns and empower educators to better manage their health and wellbeing. The findings of this report show that, overall, teachers show increased levels of wellbeing and organisations achieve higher levels of social capital upon completion of the program.”

Dr Anna Dabrowski, Director of Education and Evaluation at NESLI and Researcher at the University of Melbourne added; “Educators in Australia report some of the greatest levels of job-related anxiety within the OECD, and education policies around student achievement place increasing stress.

“NESLI’s Staff Wellbeing toolkit is a step in the right direction in addressing some of these issues. Our results indicate that a significant number of participants saw a positive shift in pre- and post- wellbeing and social capital levels. Encouragingly, the gains we observed were highest in very remote and rural schools, as well as in states and territories which often report the highest attrition rates in the profession”.

Program graduates also reported personal impacts of increased confidence and self-awareness, reduced anxiety/stress, greater job satisfaction, and better personal relationships as a result of toolkit participation.

The report and its findings can be found here: 941b-4e8e-8974-29ea7ec906aa

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