Principals are now revolting
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.”