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Course for school staff vastly improves positivity, collaboration and social capital:​ Interim report shows marked uplift in key wellbeing metrics for all participant 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 an Interim Impact Report published today.

As a result of doing the five module program, schools reported a marked quantitative improvement in such things as understanding the importance of wellbeing, improving collaboration amongst staff and enhancing the quality of interactions between teachers and administrators.

The Toolkit has been completed by almost 5,000 school employees in 180 schools across Australia. 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 (or 82 per cent). Asked whether each module ‘gave new insights into improving team/group wellbeing’ the average score was 3.75 out of 5 (75 per cent).  

Participants also experienced a 21 per cent increase in positivity scores throughout the program.

Along with the obvious benefits across a number of key metrics, each participating school is provided with a Wellbeing and Social Capital Report which contains unique and powerful 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. 

“But this is just the start. NESLI is compiling a national and international database of school scores across wellbeing and social capital. This is useful for comparative analysis, yet more importantly, over time, this data will help inform system-level policy and decision-making.” 

Full Interim Impact Report for the NESLI Staff Wellbeing Toolkit

More information about the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit

For more information, contact Alistair Young from NESLI on (03) 9270 9032 or

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