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Happy principals mean great students

School principals and education leaders from Australia and New Zealand have gathered in Darwin for the 2017 Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) conference.

Education Minister Eva Lawler said the focus of the conference was ‘Unleashing the Power of Confidence,’ exploring the research and practices involved in wellbeing, positive psychology, resilience and strength-based learning.

Ms Lawler said, given the recent report on bullying and burn-out of principals, the conference was extremely timely.

“The ACEL conference reinforces a key focus of the Northern Territory Government, which is to provide teachers and principals with a safe and well supported working environment because this is beneficial for the wellbeing of the whole school,”  Ms Lawler said.

“We know wellbeing strategies have a direct impact on student outcomes.

“Our school leaders have an important role in creating inclusive school environments where the wellbeing of both students and staff is prioritised.

"One of our core election promises was to invest in Territory children. So we want to ensure we have great principals in our schools because that means great students.

“The Labor Government is investing an additional $124 million into education over the next four years.

“A key component of the four-year package is $20 million a year to assist schools to improve educational outcomes through the recruitment and retention of quality staff. The Government recognises that promoting the wellbeing of staff is important to retain quality teachers.”

The Government launched its Strategic Workforce Plan 2016-2018 late last year to deliver a capable, professional and resilient workforce.

“The plan aims to recruit and retain high-quality staff through the provision of a safe and healthy work environments as well as enhancing the capability of our workforce and leadership across all areas of the agency,” Ms Lawler said.

“For teachers and school leaders to enhance student wellbeing, they must feel supported in their workplace.

“The NT Labor Government is investing in our educators to enhance their educational leadership and maximise student outcomes."

Keynote speakers and experts in positive psychology will provide the ACEL conference with insights on effective processes, strategies and frameworks to support student and staff wellbeing.

More than 100 principals and education leaders from across the Northern Territory will attend the conference.


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