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Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research, Edith Cowan University.

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Joondalup, Western Australia


School of Education / Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research


Edith Cowan University

Hampton Senior High School

Kinross College

Mindarie Senior College


Lummis, G., Morris, J., & Lock, G. (2016). Supporting positive school culture through interpersonal engagement: phase one report: Kinross College December 2015. Joondalup, Australia: Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research, Edith Cowan University.


The Industry Collaboration Project, ‘Supporting Positive School Culture Through Interpersonal Engagement’ is a joint project between Edith Cowan University, Hampton Senior High School, Kinross College and Mindarie Senior College. The project aims to empower school leaders to co-create, implement and evaluate professional learning programs that promote enhanced staff relationships. Supporting school leaders to improve staff relationships is important because staff (both teaching and school support) are key stakeholders in children’s educational outcomes (Stringer, 2013). Ensuring school staff feel valued in their school community is also of ongoing importance, particularly as staff accountability and burnout rises in the teaching profession both within Australia and internationally (Gurd, 2013; Sterrett & Irizarry, 2015).

The project has two phases. Phase One included collecting and analysing baseline data across the three participant schools, as each school presents a different context, school community and organisational structure. This report outlines the findings from Phase One and the recommendations for the school based on these data.

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