Recent Media coverage


ABC online - detailed article by National Education Reporter Natasha Robinson
One in five school principals are overwhelmed by workplace stress, a survey has found, with an expert saying the results point to a "looming crisis".


ABC Radio Current Affairs - live interview by Sabra Lane with National Education Reporter Natasha Robinson


ABC News (formerly ABC News 24) - extensive pick up across Breakfast, Mornings, Midday and Afternoons
Breakfast - mentions across hourly news headlines and interview with a relative of a principal
Mornings - top national story in headlines
ABC Midday - live on-set interview by Kathryn Robinson with National Education Reporter Natasha Robinson
Afternoons - live interview by Kirsten Aitken with Philip Riley


ABC 702 Drive with Richard Glover - Live interview with Philip Riley at 5:20pm


The Conversation - detailed analysis by Scott Imig, University of Newcastle
Today, the annual report on Australia’s school principals’ health and well-being was released. The findings should serve as a wake-up call to policymakers, parents of school-aged children and the population in general.


Fairfax - Education Report, Pallavi Singhal
Principals across government and non-government schools are also working an unhealthy number of hours, with more than a quarter working over 61 hours per week. They are also far more likely than the general population to experience burnout, sleeping troubles and stress symptoms, according to the latest Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey of about 5000 school leaders, released on Wednesday.


The West Australian - Education Reporter, Bethany Hiatt
Attacks on WA school principals by aggressive students and parents have increased in the past year, a national survey has revealed.


The Herald Sun - Education Reporter, Ashley Argoon
SCHOOL principals are more likely to suffer stress, sleeping problems and depression than the average Australian. A survey of almost 3000 principals and their deputies has found one in five reported low scores on quality of life.


The Canberra Times - Education Reporter, Emily Baker
A new report shows more than 40 per cent of Canberra principals in all sectors say they're at risk of violence and bullying, prompting a leading expert to call on bureaucrats and parents to put faith in school leaders and let them get on with the job.


The Adelaide Advertiser - Education Reporter, Tim Williams (paywall)

MORE than a third of the state's school principals suffered violence at the hands of students, parents or others last year, a report shows. Results of an annual survey on the health and wellbeing of thousands of school leaders around the country have prompted calls for an independent authority to investigate the violence, threats and bullying they face.


Seven News Sydney - report by Freya Cole. Localised to include briefing of 100 new NSW principals with NSW Education Minister.
One in three school principals report being attacked


The Project, Network Ten. Package about findings of survey, followed by interview with Adam Voight, The Project’s ‘Education Expert’


Australian Associated Press - article by reporter Georgie Moore, extensive pick-up
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Daily Mail



Trade media coverage


Education HQ
The report is out and the verdict is in: the role of Australian principals needs a drastic redesign.


The Educator
Australia’s principals continue to experience high levels of stress and burnout across all three sectors, the latest annual survey into principal health and well-being shows.


Education Review
Australian principals are burnt out and embroiled in conflict, yet somehow still love their jobs. This was revealed in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education’s seventh annual Australian Principals Health and Wellbeing Survey Report, released today.


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Principals in firing line of violence (The West Australian)


School principals attacked by pupils, threatened with violence by parents (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Newcastle Herald, The Examiner)


School principals face threats and bullying from parents and students (The World Today - ABC News)


Report finds rise in angry adult threats (Bendigo Advertiser)


ACU research finds one in four principals has been threated by parent or student (The Courier Mail)


Principal target of parent attacks (Adelaide Advertiser)


Teacher threats on the rise (Townsville Bulletin)


Principal abuse grows (Burnie Advocate)


Principals in pain (Central Queensland News)


It's parent rage in the school office (Daily Telegraph)


Pressure on our school principals (Daily News Warwick)


Abuse of school principals on the rise (Education Review)


Support needed for abused principals (The Advocate)




Principals face increased violence (ABC Radio National - mp3 file)


School principals face threats and bullying (The World Today - ABC News - transcript)


Interview with Philip Riley (1377, MyMP - with Glenn Ridge)


Interview regarding the survey and high burnout levels (2GB, Sydney Afternoons with Chris Smith)




Teachers Education Review - Episode 23 main feature "Dr. Phil Riley talks about the Principal Wellbeing Survey and workplace stress in schools".







Bullies, threats and violence: who would want to be a school principal? (The Conversation)


Principal stress must be addressed (The Greens)


School principals face high levels of violence and intimidation (The World Today - ABC)


A matter for (P-plate) principal (The Age)


Principals often victims of violence in schools (Sydney Morning Herald and 134 affliated publications nationally)


School principals bullied and assaulted by parents (Courier Mail)


Survey finds school principals stressed and over-worked (Gladstone Observer)


Parent patrol: Mums and dads go wild (Sunday Herald Sun)


Blitz on bully parents (Sunday Times)


Parents are worst bullies (Townsville Bulletin)


Principal violence alarming (Border Mail)


Research reveals threats to principals (Southland Times, Southland)


Principals face more violence (Waikato Times, Hamilton Waikato)








What happened to common respect? (2UE)


School Principals (ABC - Radio National: Life Matters)


Study reveals that principals are coming under increasing attack - and it's parents who are lashing out (ABC News Radio)





Principals' Well-being Survey (The Queensland Principal)


Leaders in fear of school violence (The Advertiser)


Rising load emerges as a principal concern (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times)


Violence threat to school heads (The Age)


School principals victims of workplace bullying (ABC)


Violence on job more common for principals (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, SBS, 7 News, 9 News, Brisbane Times)


Violence more common for principals (BigPond, Sky News)


Violence rife in WA schools (The West)


Principals risk assault (Indaily)


Violence increasingly common (Generation Next)


Principals suffer workplace violence (Occupational Health News 960)