Principals continue to face workplace violence and burnout

14 September, 2021

Over the past ten years, school leaders have faced an increasing rate of bullying, physical violence, threats of violence, slander, sexual and verbal harassment.

The Australian Principal Occupation Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey (2020) revealed that 2020 was a year unlike any other and school leaders began the year under the stressful conditions of widespread bushfires and/or the COVID-19 pandemic.

“School leaders have endured continuous stress during 2020, having navigated their schools through uncertainty from constant change, and long hours in terms 1 and 2 of 2020,” the report read.

“The results show that school leaders were fatigued from constant exposure to occupational stressors.”

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