Dealing with student trauma: exploring school leadership experiences and impact

Emily Berger, Karen Martin, Anushka Phal

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This research investigated the experiences, training, and support needs of school leaders regarding students who have experienced trauma. There is a paucity of research exploring the perspectives and experiences of school leaders regarding student trauma. Leadership staff in Australian primary and secondary schools participated in interviews regarding student trauma. School leaders reported inadequate training, school policies, and resources in relation to how to respond to student trauma. An evidence-based, holistic guiding program incorporating appropriate training and support mechanisms at both the governance and school level is needed to support school leaders to assist students who have experienced trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalLeadership and Policy in Schools
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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