International research demonstrates that the influence of school leadership is second only to classroom teaching (Barber et al (2010)). This is why leadership is one of the four enabling objectives in Education in Wales: Our National Mission (external link).
To meet this objective, the NAEL will be established in 2018.
A Task and Finish Group has been in place since December 2016 to support the development of the NAEL. They have established the vision, principles and governance structure for the new organisation in partnership with stakeholders, which the vision and principles document outlines.
They have also been working on specific issues such as:
The NAEL will not be a deliverer of provision, but will ensure equal access to high quality leadership development opportunities.
The input of stakeholders has been fundamental to the development of the shape, functions and focus of the NAEL. Engagement events, regional roadshows, forums and workshops on specific issues have taken place over the last year.
The Task and Finish group agreed early on that one of the first objectives for the NAEL should be to ensure provision for aspiring and existing Headteachers. This should make headships more attractive and improve retention and recruitment. In the long term the NAEL will ensure the availability of leadership development for everyone in the education sector.
The NAEL will be a Company Limited by Guarantee with a CEO and Board. It will have a strong online presence and its core functions will include:
The roadshow report outlines the next steps in developing the NAEL.
Roadshow Report (October 2017)
The Task and Finish group members are: