New survey shows violence against principals is increasing each year

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A new survey released yesterday has shown an increased rate of violence against both primary and high school principals.

The survey was created by the Australian Catholic University and keeps an eye on school principals’ and deputy or assistant principals’ health and wellbeing each year.

The survey found one in three principals were physically attacked and 45 percent of principals reported being threatened with violence last year, compared to 38 percent in 2011.

Associate Professor Philip Riley from Australian Catholic University’s Institute of Positive Psychology and Education is the survey’s author and chief investigator. He has said these aggressive and violent actions against principals are “a disgrace” and needs to stop.

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Thursday, February 28 2019
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Featured in storyPhilip Riley- Chief Investigator of The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety, and Wellbeing survey and Associate Professor of Educational leadership at The Catholic UniversityJohn Fischetti- Professor of Education and Interim Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts and Education at the University of NewcastleMalcolm Elliott- Australian Primary Principals Association President
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