Page 1: Information sheet and consent form

Information Sheet

Purpose of the Study.  We are Dr Jolanta Burke and Paula Kinnarney, academics in the Department of Education, Maynooth University. The study is concerned with identifying wellbeing indicators in school leaders in Ireland, such as stress, passion and engagement.

What will the study involve? The study will involve completing a 10-minute, anonymous survey online.

Who has approved this study?  This study has been reviewed and received ethical approval from Maynooth University Research Ethics committee. You may have a copy of this approval if you request it. 

Why have you been asked to take part? You have been asked because you are a teacher and/or a school leader in a school in Ireland.

Do you have to take part? No, you are under no obligation whatsoever to take part in this research. However, we hope that you will agree to take part and give us some of your time to complete the survey. It is entirely up to you to decide whether or not you would like to take part. If you decide to do so, you will be asked to sign an online consent form and you can keep a copy and the information sheet for your own records. If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time, or a decision not to take part, will not affect your relationships with Maynooth University.

What information will be collected? We will ask you a few questions that relate to the school you work in and your work experience. Then, you will be asked questions about your stress levels and your attitude towards stress, wellbeing, your passion for work and finally, we will ask you a few open-ended questions about ways, in which we can help you develop as a leader.

Will your participation in the study be kept confidential? ? Yes, all information that is collected about you during the course of the research will be kept confidential. No names, email addresses or any identifying information will be asked of you at any time. All electronic information we collect will be encrypted and held securely on MU PC or servers and will be accessed only by the researchers. 

It must be recognised that, in some circumstances, confidentiality of research data and records may be overridden by courts in the event of litigation or in the course of investigation by lawful authority. In such circumstances the University will take all reasonable steps within law to ensure that confidentiality is maintained to the greatest possible extent.

What will happen to the information which you give? All the information you provide will be kept at Maynooth University in such a way that it will not be possible to identify you. On completion of the research, the data will be retained on the MU server. After ten years, all data will be destroyed (by the PI). Manual data will be shredded confidentially and electronic data will be reformatted or overwritten by the PI in Maynooth University.

What will happen to the results? The research will be written up and presented as reports to interested organisations, conference presentations, scientific journal papers and to our students at Maynooth University. A copy of the research findings will be made available to you upon request.

What are the possible disadvantages of taking part? Whilst majority of the questions you will be asked relate to positive or neutral aspects of your work life, there are a few questions that refer to your experiences of negative emotions or loneliness at work, which may cause you distress.

What if there is a problem?  If you experience any distress following the survey completion you may contact Aware on 1800804848 or Samaritans on 116 123. For information on local mental health support, please contact Dr Jolanta Burke. 

Any further queries?  If you need any further information, you can contact me: Dr Jolanta Burke, email:, tel: 01 708 3466.

Thank you for taking the time to read this


Consent Form

I agree to participate in Dr Jolanta Burke and Paula Kinnarney’s research study titled “Wellbeing of teachers and leaders in schools in Ireland”.

Please tick each statement below :



The purpose and nature of the study has been explained to me in writing. I’ve been able to contact the researchers to ask questions, which were answered satisfactorily.                                                                         Required
I am participating voluntarily.                                                                   Required
I understand that I can withdraw from the study, without repercussions, at any time, whether that is before it starts or while I am participating and it will not have any bearing on my relationship with Maynooth University                                                           Required
I understand the limits of confidentiality as described in the information sheet                                                          Required

I understand that my data, in an anonymous format, may be used in further research projects and any subsequent publications if I give permission below:    

I agree for my data to be used for further research projects                                                                    Required
I agree for my data, once anonymised, to be retained indefinitely in the IQDA archive     Required