Teacher and Principal wellbeing important
The reports in the media about Principals reporting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are extremely concerning.
The Mental Health Foundation describes post-traumatic stress disorder as a psychological reaction to experiencing or witnessing a significantly stressful, traumatic or shocking event. The Foundation and the Ministry of Health advise that if you think you or someone you know might have post-traumatic stress disorder, it’s important to talk to your GP or health professional and get help.
The Ministry and the New Zealand School Trustees Association also encourage Principals and teachers to seek support from their employer (their Board of Trustees) if they are experiencing stress. We understand a number of schools have arrangements with assistance programmes for employees who need help with this.
The Ministry of Education has been working with the sector and has agreed a wellbeing strategy to support teachers’ and principals’ wellbeing. NZEI Te Riu Roa and the PPTA helped co-develop this.
The Ministry, New Zealand Principals’ Federation, NZEI and PPTA have agreed to work together to implement the strategy to give teachers a ready access to a more coherent range of supports.
School Boards of Trustees can contact the New Zealand School Trustees Association for further information or support.
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