Effective school leaders understand and respond appropriately to the different contextual demands that they face. The complexity of the challenges leaders face demands solutions that reach beyond one individual. Rather than looking to individuals to solve problems, people increasingly recognise that effective solutions come from networks and other collaborations.

The wellbeing of school leaders themselves, their teaching staff as well as students and communities is critical across all phases of a crisis. Wellbeing encompasses physical, mental and social health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as a “state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.

A sense of connectedness and belonging is key to wellbeing. School leaders play a critical role in building a positive learning environment where the whole school community feels included, connected, safe and respected.

School principals and leaders have an important role in implementing positive behaviour support in schools. The information found on these pages helps to create positive climates for learning and to support student behaviour. Please contact your Delivery Support team to request additional resources or information on supporting student behaviour.


  • Teaching and learning

Business Unit:

  • Inclusion and Wellbeing
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