Raising Standards Together

National Academy for Educational Leadership

The academy will arrange access to high quality leadership programmes to those in the education sector.

The initial focus for the Academy will be on Headship issues. The longer term aspiration for the Academy is to support all leaders within the education system.

As set out by the Cabinet Secretary in November 2016, the academy should be:

  • arm’s length from Government
  • designed to co-ordinate, sign-post, quality assure and plan for our future needs (not deliver)
  • aiming to ensure equity of access and make available nationally a range of leadership provision delivered on a regional/local level
  • supportive of leadership across the whole education system.

The Academy itself will not be the provider of services, but it will broker, co-ordinate and quality assure a range of leadership programmes. It will work with the sector to enable equity of access to the highest quality leadership development. Development of the Academy is being taken forward by a Shadow Board which includes expert advisers and pulls together the key elements of the reforms of the education system

The Shadow Board has been meeting since December 2016 and is currently working closely with the profession to develop the vision, functions and governance of the organisation.

Shadow Board Members

  • Ann Keane – former HMCI – Chair
  • Sir Alasdair MacDonald
  • Professor Mick Waters
  • Consortia representative – Debbie Hartefeld – MD EAS
  • Union representative – Rob Williams, NAHT
  • Education Workforce Council (EWC) - Hayden Llewellyn
  • WLGA - Chris Llewelyn
  • Association of Directors of Education Wales (ADEW)- Aled Evans
  • Estyn – Meilyr Rowlands and Claire Morgan (Observers)
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