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National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales

  1. We are a small independent organisation established by the Welsh Government as part of commitments made in the government’s “Education in Wales: Our national mission” action plan. The National Academy for Educational Leadership will be a fundamental part of the education landscape.
  2. Our mission is “Inspiring Leaders: Enriching Lives” with the aim of bringing clarity and coherence to educational leadership in Wales. Through our work we will ensure that practitioners are able to engage with the most relevant, meaningful and inspiring professional learning. The challenge set out for us by the OECD, Estyn and also the profession was to ensure a whole-system approach to leadership, and make it a prime driver of education reform.
  3. We are focused on enabling the leadership of learning. We will do this by embodying our values in all we do.

International research is clear that leadership is second only to classroom teaching as an influence on pupil learning. Through our work to endorse the highest quality leadership provision we will ensure practitioners have the right development opportunities to make a real difference to the outcomes for children and young people.

The National Academy for Educational Leadership exists to support and develop the leadership practice of all our colleagues working across the education system in Wales.

We do this for the benefit of our practitioners and the children and young people they work with, whatever the setting, or tier of our education system they are working in. As an Academy we will be there to support all leaders at whatever stage of their careers. Whether they are just thinking of taking the next steps into formal leadership or are experienced leaders, we will give them the confidence, support and development that will help them be the best.

We will support all leaders across Wales whether they are working in schools, other providers, within English or Welsh Medium settings, or other educational organisations such as the middle tier.

We will make educational leadership and education in Wales world leading and a great place to be.

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