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Principals learn how to better build culture of wellbeing in schools

More than 150 principals attended the wellbeing conference

PRINCIPALS have been learning how to better build self-confidence and resilience and promote a culture of wellbeing within their schools.

The Education Authority (EA) in partnership with Inspire Workplaces hosted 150 head teachers at a conference.

It aimed to develop knowledge and provide practical advice to help equip school leaders with skills to recognise the importance of self-care.

Attendees participated in interactive workshop sessions that covered core themes including; the wellbeing of a school principal; the wellbeing of a school as a whole; and building self-confidence to support the professional development of school staff.

Clare Duffield, EA Director of Human Resources, said promoting and supporting employee wellbeing was at the heart of the authority's purpose to champion better work and working lives.

"As one of Northern Ireland's largest employers, EA has a responsibility and is committed to making a tangible and positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of staff," she said.

"The challenges facing staff working in the education sector have changed significantly over the last number of years. By working in partnership with Inspire Workplaces to deliver the Wellbeing Conference we aim to better support school principals and provide them with resources to manage the challenges they face on a daily basis.

"EA recognises the value of investing in staff to build a healthier, happier and engaged workforce that drives improved performance and productivity benefits for employers, employees, customers and makes communities more resilient."

John Conaghan, Group Director of Inspire Workplaces said teaching staff, and principals in particular, faced potential stresses that were unique to the ever-evolving educational environment.

"It's important that as leaders, they have the tools and resources to face those challenges," he said.

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