Prin­ci­pals are now re­volt­ing

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - EMMALINE STIGWOOD

FEWER teach­ers than ever are putting their hand up to be school prin­ci­pals as the top job has become syn­ony­mous with stress, red tape, poor health and burn out.

A na­tional sur­vey of 929 prin­ci­pals re­leased this week has re­vealed many are work­ing 70-hour weeks and have lost the joy of job due to spend­ing more time on risk as­sess­ments and com­pli­ance forms than be­ing with kids.

“Ex­hausted, lonely, put on 20kg since be­ing ap­pointed, spend so much time in front of two com­puter screens ... the joy has gone from my role as prin­ci­pal” were some of the re­sponses to the Aus­tralian Pri­mary Prin­ci­pals As­so­ci­a­tion sur­vey.

APPA pres­i­dent Den­nis Yar­ring­ton said “Band-Aid mea­sures” were not work­ing.

“We can’t keep say­ing you have to work harder, you have to work longer, you have to do more.

“There’s noth­ing left in the tank to do more,” he said.

“The im­por­tant mes­sage is this is not prin­ci­pals whinge­ing ... prin­ci­pals love their job but we need to look at chang­ing pro­ce­dures and poli­cies.”

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