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ACU Research: Challenges Principals Face

Thursday, March 02, 2017

School principals are facing physical and verbal abuse from parents and students more and more regularly, new Australian Catholic University research has found.

The research, led by ACU Associate Professor Philip Riley, found that 44 per cent of principals were threatened with violence in 2016 and more than one in three principals was physically assaulted.

The Australian Primary Principals Association, which includes the principals of Catholic schools, said its members are experiencing increased levels of stress and facing additional challenges.

“Principals are passionate people who love their work but increasingly face stress, burnout and poor health,” APPA president Dennis Yarrington said. 

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