The Education Authority (EA) in partnership with Inspire Workplaces today (Tuesday 2 October) hosted a Wellbeing Conference for school principals in Northern Ireland.
The conference aims to develop knowledge and provide practical advice to help equip principals with skills to recognise the importance of self-care, to build self-confidence and resilience and to promote a culture of wellbeing within their schools.
Approximately 150 school principals heard from professional industry experts including Richard Jackson, Mancroft International; Dr David Cameron, Clinical Lead, Inspire Northern Ireland and Shane Martin who delivered motivational keynote speeches and discussed best practice approaches to health and wellbeing.
Attendees had the opportunity to participate 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 commented;
“Promoting and supporting employee wellbeing is at the heart of EA’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.
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;
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Education Authority in delivering the Wellbeing Conferences for School Principals.
Teaching staff, and principals in particular, face potential stresses that are unique to the ever-evolving educational environment, and it’s important that as leaders, they have the tools and resources to face those challenges.
In helping to meet that need, we will provide the opportunity for principals to reflect on their own personal wellbeing, providing practical information and advice that helps them to: recognise the importance of self-care, to build self-confidence and resilience, and to promote a culture of wellbeing within their schools.”
EA in partnership with Inspire Workplaces are hosting another Wellbeing Conference for school principals on Tuesday 6 November in Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey and plan to run additional conferences in 2019.