About us

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.

Our Values

We are committed to the two principles of

  • equity of access to provision, and
  • provision that is of the highest quality.

We are focused on enabling the leadership of learning. We will do this by embodying our values in all we do.

Our aspirations and vision

Our mission is “Inspiring Leaders: Enriching Lives” with the aim of bring 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.

Who we are?

The National Academy for Educational Leadership (NAEL) will be led by a small team of staff and supported by a Board comprising individuals that bring a diverse range of specialisms to ensure the organisation’s long term aspirations can be delivered effectively.

12 Associates have also been appointed, made up of a group of experienced and highly effective headteachers, drawn from across Wales, and they will play an influential role in the set up of the Academy and in the first stages of its development.

Endorsement process

At the core of our vision is a commitment to ensuring all leaders in the education system have access to coherent, accessible, and high-quality leadership development opportunities that meet their needs wherever they are, and whatever their career stage and ambitions. The Academy will draw on the expertise of current leaders in this provision and growing the current and next generation of leaders for Wales by improving the status, morale and pride in being a Welsh leader in the education system. Our approach to leadership development will empower leaders in the system to strengthen partnership working within and between schools, and to building a research-engaged and evidence-informed profession.

We will not be directly responsible for delivering any leadership development provision. We will draw on the effective provision already in place and seek to endorse it. Additionally, we will commission new provision where there are specific needs, sectors or locations where the needs of leaders are not yet being fully met.
This initial pilot focus for endorsement was on current provision for those acting or new to headship (in the first 2 years of Headship). Following this first call for providers to submit their provision, the NAEL are happy to confirm that the following were successful in receiving endorsement by the NAEL.

Newly Appointed and Acting Headteacher Programme – delivered in by the Regional Consortia in partnership with Bangor University and University of Wales Trinity St David.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted their provision for this call.

Further calls for endorsement opportunities will be posted here in due course.

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