The Effects of Peer Supervision Groups on Principal Wellbeing and Attitudes Toward Inclusive Education

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

In 2017, research conducted by the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) found that school leaders were at an increased risk of poor mental health when compared to other education professionals. DET has an urgent need to identify innovative yet practical strategies to support the occupational health, safety, and wellbeing of principals. In 2020, school leaders who participated in the Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety, and Wellbeing survey reported worsening results for both short- and long-term health indicators (Riley et al., 2021):

- Short-term measures of Quantitative Demands, Work Pace, Role Clarity and Justice
- Long-term health indicators of Burnout, Sleeping Troubles, Stress, Depressive Symptoms, and Somatic Stress.

DET awarded Monash Education the opportunity to evaluate the impact of Peer Clinical Supervision (PCS) on principal occupational health and wellbeing and principals' attitudes towards and confidence to deliver inclusive education. This research project is unique in that it builds on previous work, and addresses the Department’s strategic priorities in three key areas: the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes, the Victorian Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy, and the Disability Inclusion Strategy.

To address the challenges, the Monash team plans to employ a flexible, mixed-method approach to better understand the perceived value of PCS to principals, how participation in PCS has influenced principals' wellbeing, and the areas the principals feel they need continued or additional support. In addition, the plan includes developing a set of evidence-informed practice guidelines to describe optimal strategies for designing, delivering, and evaluating the effects of PCS, and to show how PCS links to broader DET reforms and strategic directions. The Monash team anticipates that the practice guidelines will serve as a practical resource to guide future DET efforts to support the health and wellbeing of school leaders.

The aim of this project is to:
- better understand the perceived value of PCS to principals, how participation in PCS has influenced principals’ wellbeing, and the areas the principals feel they need continued or additional support.
- better understand how participation in PCS influences principals’ attitudes toward inclusive education and perceptions of occupational health, safety, and wellbeing.
- develop a set of evidence-informed practice guidelines to support the future delivery of PCS to principals and school leaders across all regions of Victoria.

StatusActive
Effective start/end date16/07/2114/01/22