Throw your staff a lifeline
Are your staff struggling to keep their heads above water and running in survival mode?
Introducing new initiatives to improve your school is a challenge when your teachers are on the brink of burnout. Whether staff are constantly calling in sick or you’re experiencing pushback on new ideas, the pressure of an increasing workload and challenging students can stop progress in its tracks.
That’s where I come in. As a School Wellbeing Consultant, I help school leaders and their staff beat burnout, tap into their potential, and nurture a positive school environment where staff and students can thrive.
Ways To Work With Me
Staff Wellbeing Surveys and Data Analysis Reports
Conducting an Anonymous Staff Wellbeing Survey is the most effective way to pinpoint exactly which school focuses and wellbeing initiatives will make the biggest difference to staff wellbeing.
All you need to capture staff voice, data and the feedback your school needs to make better decisions to inform your school’s improvement journey.
"Well-Led" Schools Partnership Program
Join our “Well-Led” Schools Partnership Program to access the step-by-step guidance, and support required from Health and Wellbeing Consultant Adrienne Hornby so you can support your staff’s wellbeing needs and create a positive school environment.
Benefits of School Health & Wellbeing Consulting
By putting staff wellbeing front and centre, you help to rebuild the foundations needed to create a thriving, positive, and healthy school environment. Stop putting out fires and running in survival mode. Instead, let’s assess what is happening in your school and develop a wellbeing action plan that directly addresses your school’s core needs and goals.
Overcome Staff Burnout
Work with your staff to uncover the root causes of stress and burnout at your school. With this information, find ways to strategically address the priority areas of need and reduce or tackle workplace stressors and offer relevant support to staff.
Boost Whole School Wellbeing
Develop Wellbeing Action Plans for the whole school and for staff. Equip staff with the resources that empower them to collectively take better care of their mental and physical health.
Improve Whole School Outcomes
Build wellbeing into your school’s foundations and create a ripple effect that positively impacts teacher and student wellbeing, student learning outcomes, and whole school performance.
Better Workplace Culture
Involve your people in the process of change. When staff feel heard, understood, and supported they are more likely to feel engaged, satisfied with their jobs, and contribute to a happy and healthy workplace culture where students, teachers, and leaders can thrive.
Why choose me?
Let’s face the facts. There are a lot of people out there that call themselves health and wellness consultants. Here’s why I’m different.
Walked the Walk
I’m no armchair expert. I’ve been through teacher burnout myself. I’ve hit rock-bottom, turned it all around again and came out the other end stronger as a better and well-respected leader. I know what it's really like for teachers on the ground.
I don’t give band-aid solutions or woo-woo treatments. My tailored approach is rooted in Positive Psychology, up-to-date educational leadership research, and advice from leading Australian wellbeing and mental health organisations.
As a school leader myself, I’ve seen first-hand the effects of poor health and wellness of teaching staff and leaders. I provide the support they need to prevent burnout and manage wellbeing that goes beyond encouraging self-care or tokenistic approaches to staff wellbeing.
Providing a quality service is highly important to me. I survey the leaders and teaching staff after every school wellbeing workshop I deliver, maintaining a 4+/5 star rating among 90% of participants.
From Our Clients
Some kind words from our partnering schools
Adrienne’s survey tools, follow-up reporting, staff workshops and leadership development have opened a whole new perspective, for both my staff and I, on staff wellbeing as being the responsibility of the collective. Adrienne has facilitated the development of a ‘Wellbeing Action Plan’, that is tailored to our staff in our school context, through getting to know and understand how we work and using the PERMA(H) model. Her independent and empathetic ear, partnered with her research, expertise and on-the-ground awareness has been embraced by the entire staff. Our return survey results evidenced growth way beyond my expectations over a 12-month period.
Without reservation, I would highly recommend Adrienne’s Consultancy and guidance. It takes the pressure off the principal to be the one and only. ‘Us and Them’ is now a thing of the past.
- School Principal
“We have made considerable progress in the way we support staff wellbeing.”
“Adrienne’s data-driven approach is underpinned by a school scan, which provided us with an evidence-informed base, upon which we could make informed decisions about our specific situation, identifying areas of strength and areas requiring attention.
The staff survey formed an important part of this evidence base. The survey is very in-depth and, at times, direct. The responses provided by staff gave clarity around how they felt about specific aspects of their wellbeing.
With this information and Adrienne’s guidance, we developed a wellbeing plan aligned to the findings of the school scan and survey.
We recently re-surveyed our staff after 12 months of working on our identified focus areas. Our data is positive, indicating improvement in staff perception of how the school supports wellbeing. This is consistent with the executive team’s evaluation.”
Principal - Denison College Kelso NSW
“With her guidance and support, we feel confident sharing the data with staff and working with our staff to create a common language and approach to managing our key stresses.”
We began working with Adrienne Hornby earlier this year when our staff identified the need for an anonymous survey about staff wellbeing. The Staff Wellbeing Survey gave us a great opportunity to really identify the key factors impacting staff.
The very detailed and descriptive report we received from Adrienne Hornby Consulting was clear and easy to read. We were able to share the results with staff and refer to the elements regularly, which showed staff that we were serious about improving staff wellbeing. With her guidance and support, we feel confident sharing the data with staff and working with our staff to create a common language and approach to managing our key stresses. Adrienne has a warm and inviting approach. She listens intently and actively to understand the needs of the school. I would highly recommend Adrienne Hornby Consulting to help with your School Staff Wellbeing needs.
Principal - Melton West Primary School VIC
“We’ve had some other survey instruments that focus on lots of different areas rather than just staff health and wellbeing. This one gives us the best information”
“The survey’s not just a survey, it’s the process around it. We’ve had some other survey instruments that focus on lots of different areas rather than just staff health and wellbeing. This one gives us the best information, it funnels everything in into the one area.
The benefit of using this survey and your process, is that staff feel like they’ve been heard and they’ve had a voice and that leadership is about us helping drive direction to support them. That’s been very valuable for us as a whole school team. We are more comfortable now holding each other to account as well and having more challenging conversations.
Your support analysing the survey means that we are outsourcing where we could sit there and go through it, but may not have the time. Having someone with your expertise support us is helpful.
We are very, very happy with it and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to start our health and wellbeing journey. We’ll have to revisit this time and time again.”
Principal - Beverley District High School, WA
“The entire staff were engaged in the process and the results and insights were both fascinating and extremely useful to understand and implement.”
“I have had an excellent experience working with Adrienne!
I found the Staff Wellbeing Survey to be a very detailed and a broad-based tool providing staff input on their health and wellness needs.
The entire staff were engaged in the process and the results and insights were both fascinating and extremely useful to understand and implement. The data analysis was extremely insightful, responsive, professional and accommodating.
Not only did it give results but provided realistic recommendations for the development of a solid Wellbeing Action Plan which takes into consideration the unique needs of the staff.”
- Assistant Principal, ACT
I attended a high quality presentation related to staff wellbeing which Adrienne presented over two days at a conference. She provided a wealth of research-based findings and evidence-backed advice about how to improve schools’ productivity through assisting staff. I highly recommend her as a capable consultant who listens well and walks the talk.
Adrienne has worked with our leaders and staff in the professional development space. She is extremely informative and motivating. Her presentations are practical and hands on. I look forward to working with Adrienne again in the near future. I highly recommend her for your individual self or workplace.
Deputy Principal, Barmedman Primary School, NSW
Our staff were fully engaged in Adrienne’s enjoyable, thought provoking and practical presentation. They each found different things to take away and help them and Adrienne shared a variety of aspects to cater for everyone. Setting her apart were the stories of her own life and how she has overcome many obstacles. Throughout her personal struggles, she found things that worked to keep her positive and she communicated these well. We are excited to explore some of these in more depth with Adrienne throughout next year.
Principal - Theodore Primary School, ACT
Without a doubt, the most powerful learning staff have done this term.
Adrienne shared her personal journey and supported staff to reflect on ways in which they can change themselves, make wiser choices and harness their potential to improve the quality of their lives and, in turn, those of our students.
It was an incredibly powerful session.
Deputy Principal, ACT
Thank you for your friendly and approachable facilitation of our whole school scan. We felt the timing of the session was appropriate and encouraged feedback from each member. The session gives us an overview of feedback to date with time and support to unpack the information for our context. It was so useful to compare our data with other schools to see where we are on our journey. I liked the guidance received to review our data and make connections.
Meet the founder
Meet the woman behind the business.
School Wellbeing Consultant
I partner with school leaders and their staff across Australia to collect the crucial data they need to build and embed a tailored ‘Staff Wellbeing Action Plan’ for their school. Each school's plan is aimed at nurturing a positive school environment and addressing teacher and staff burnout, so that they can improve their school’s outcomes and performance.
As a school leader (and teacher!), I was once unhappy, overworked and burnt out. And when I looked around me, I could see I wasn’t alone. By prioritising my own health and wellness, I started to feel healthier, happier and more engaged at work.
Using the lessons I learned on my own wellbeing journey, I transformed the way I led my staff, making their wellbeing a priority and creating positive team environments year after year. This shift in focus made me a fierce advocate for staff wellbeing in schools. It’s my mission to help schools put their people first to build more positive staff and school cultures.
- Masters in Educational Leadership - Current
- Group Coaching Certification - Wellcoaches Australia - 2020
- Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching - 2018
- Bachelor of Education (Primary) - 2010
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