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NESLI’s Staff Wellbeing Toolkit is having a significant, positive impact on school staff around Australia, according to a new report measuring the efficacy of the support program.

The impact report, which surveyed over 7,000 participants, found that 98% of the participants reported an increase in their wellbeing and social capital.

The highest degree of impact was upon participants’ physical health and their levels of optimism.

Key points: 

• 7,000 staff in 254 schools have completed NESLI’s Staff Wellbeing Toolkit

• A study into the efficacy and impact of the toolkit has been released 

• 98% of toolkit participants reported improvements to their individual wellbeing

• The schools that made the biggest gains were those in rural and remote areas

• States/territories that report the highest teacher attrition rates also benefited most

• The toolkit is currently being implemented across New Zealand, USA and Finland.

“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 on the profession,” said lead author of the report and NESLI Director of Education and Evaluation Anna Dabrowski. 

“However, as a result of participating in the toolkit, we 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.  

Paul Mears, General Manager of NESLI Asia Pacific, added “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.”

NESLI believes that improvements to principal and teacher wellbeing must aim to holistically cultivate positive patterns of thinking and feeling by engaging with colleagues to build social capital across the entire school. It is also vital to develop and curate emotional awareness and intelligence by using positive psychology techniques and neuroscience to develop mindsets that help build resilience and coping methods. 

Interestingly, participants who undertook the toolkit within NESLI’s recommended 6 months reported higher levels of satisfaction and impact than those who undertook it over longer periods.  

More information: 

Evaluating the impact of the NESLi Staff Wellbeing Toolkit