The Autumn term has been really busy at the National Academy for Educational Leadership. We have welcomed four new members to the team, Mark Isherwood as the new Assistant Director for Leadership Development and Quality Assurance, and Nia Miles, Sue Roberts and Ann Slater as secondees. Please visit our Who we are page to learn more about the team. Due to the Coronavirus situation, the team continues to work from home and can be contacted via email or telephone.

Our activities and events resumed with our Endorsement call which invites provision from all sectors to come forward. Provision can be for any career stage of educational leadership or can be thematic or specific to an area of leadership development. The deadline for applications is 12 February 2021,  please visit the website for further details.

Our second Leadership Unlocked webinar series welcomed 4 excellent speakers from differing sectors and backgrounds. Each one brought a different focus on leadership which was inspiring and thought provoking. This was an opportunity for leaders from all sectors across Wales to come together and discuss and explore. The series included Prof. Stephen Heppell, Major Marcus Heslop, Prof. Laura McAllister CBE, FLSW and Prof. Mick Waters. These webinars are available to listen on our NEW Podcast series.

We also launched a number of new initiatives including our Head-To-Head service, which offers a safe space for Headteachers to come together from across Wales to discuss their own Well-being. And also introduced our new e-newsletter, Cyswllt. Our monthly e-newsletter features news, events and information for leaders from across the education sector. Subscribe to our newsletter online and never miss out.

It’s a very busy and worrying time at present for school leaders so if you need support or just a chat please contact post@agaa.cymru.

The office will be closed over the Christmas period between 21 December 2020 and 4 January 2021.

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 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.

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 Vision

The National Academy for Educational Leadership is committed to ensuring that Wales is a great place to be an educational leader.Read More »


The purpose of endorsement is to ensure that the most effective leadership development provision currently on offer can be recognised.Read More »


Our Associates play a major and influential role in the development of the Leadership Academy.Read More »

Our Call to Action

How can leaders enable high quality professional learning opportunities that improve well-being and achieve better outcomes for all?

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