Endorsement process

The purpose of endorsement is to ensure that the most effective leadership development provision can be recognised. This provision will have met a set of quality criteria. This will help us to fulfil our role to inspire and develop the current and next generation of leaders in schools and settings to respond to the unique challenges and opportunities of educational leadership in Wales.

Whilst the endorsement process will assess applications against a set of criteria, we do not wish to limit innovation, nor do we wish to promote any particular ideology or style of leadership. We are seeking to endorse a wide range of provision that will be relevant for leaders at various career stages, with various needs and working within specific and diverse contexts in Wales. Above all, we will be looking to ensure that the provision is underpinned by international evidence of what makes effective leadership. As a result, all leaders can be confident that the leadership development they invest their time in will have a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people.

Endorsement of Existing Provision

The Leadership Academy is inviting providers to put forward existing leadership development provision in any of the following areas for endorsement:

  • Middle Leaders, especially their role in developing any aspect of the new curriculum
  • Aspiring Headteachers
  • New and Acting Headteachers
  • Experienced Headteachers

Aspiring Headteachers

Provision for aspiring headteachers should include developing individuals so that they are able at an appropriate time to apply for assessment for the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).  The selection and assessment of candidates for the qualification itself will not form part of the endorsement process as Welsh Government remains the awarding body for the NPQH.

Innovation and New Provision

The National Academy for Educational Leadership is also seeking interest from providers who are being creative and innovative in their approaches to educational leadership development.  The Leadership Academy will consider supporting providers financially in the development of provision which is ‘new’ and so may not yet be able to fully demonstrate impact.

Such ‘new’ provision can be in any field of educational leadership development and in any sector but will need to meet the criteria set out in areas 1-3 of the endorsement criteria. The provision will also need to demonstrate how, over time, and through the developmental stages, it will gather the evidence required to address the impact criteria set out in area 4 and ensure sustainability beyond the initial funding period.

For more details on funding for innovation, contact post@agaa.cymru

Endorsement Timeline

Endorsement opportunity opens March 15th 2019
Endorsement process closes
Submission Date
May 1st 2019
Stage One – Assessment of Written Submission May 22nd –
May 23rd 2019
Stage Two – Panel Meets June 26th –
June 27th 2019
Outcome of endorsement communicated to providers July 4th 2019
All endorsed provision on the Leadership Academy website August 2019