Nic Danta is the R/Leader Student Heath in the Student Health and Mental Wellbeing team in the NSW Department of Education which involves working on projects at the intersection of Health and Education.
Previously Nic worked as Principal in Residence for the NSW DoE trauma-informed practice (TIP) project. This role involved leading the development and ongoing delivery of a continuum of learning in TIP, consisting of the foundation course, Trauma-informed Practice for Improved Learning and Wellbeing and two advanced courses. Nic is the substantive principal of Penrith Valley School, an SSP for students with emotional disturbances and behavioural disorders in Western Sydney. Since learning about TIP in 2016, Nic has led his school in the implementation of systems and structures to support students impacted by trauma and has taken this passion into his current role.
The quality and impact of his leadership was acknowledged and celebrated in 2018 by CESE, when they completed a case study about wellbeing at PVS. Reference is also made to PVS in the document “What Works Best,” where the effective management of transitions at PVS is highlighted as an effective method to improve student wellbeing.