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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Latest Articles

Well being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

How familiar are you with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015? Academy associate Karen Lawrence explains how her increased awareness of the Act…

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Leading Investors in Families

Llanhari Primary School has become the very first school in Wales to achieve the prestigious 'Investors in Families – Diamond Standard’ award. Headteacher and Leadership...

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A little bit about me

My name is Jeremy Griffiths and I have been a head teacher since 1996 in three different primary schools in North East Wales. I have…

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Learning from abroad

“Experience is a master teacher, even when it’s not our own.” ― Gina Greenlee I’ve been lucky enough to have taken part in three, week-long...

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There’s no place like home!

These are exciting times for education in Wales with so many new developments, and an opportunity to reconsider our priorities.  The new curriculum, the new...

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Lord Holmes Review

I was very pleased to represent the National Academy of Educational Leadership (Leadership Academy) Board of Directors at a workshop session held as part of...

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The Leadership of Learning

Leadership is all about learning – the learning of our children and young people, of course, but also the professional learning of our staff and…

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An associate’s view

This really is a great time to be working in education in Wales. The task of creating a new curriculum following Professor Donaldson’s “Successful Futures”…

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Our current call for endorsement is now open and is extended to include provision for senior leaders.

View the endorsement timetable in full here https://t.co/J8RLE8vLPw

Mae ein galwad gyfredol am gymeradwyo bellach ar agor ac yn cael ei hymestyn i gynnwys darpariaeth ar gyfer uwch arweinwyr.

Gwelwch yr amserlen gymeradwyo yn llawn yma https://t.co/bDfST8eBe9

We're running a new #mindfulness programme for #headteachers in collaboration w/ the National Academy of Education Leadership @NAELCymru. Learning with peers on this 8-week mindfulness course, you'll learn how to respond creatively with calm & perspective. https://t.co/CyzrvGCaFV

A very productive Skype call this morning with our colleagues in #Scotland @TeamSCEL & #Wales @NAELCymru discussing plans for a three nations symposium on #leadership #middleleadership #aspiringleaders hosted in Ireland later this year. @NAPD_IE @IPPN_Education @Education_Ire

Edrych ymlaen at glywed @HargreavesBC yn siarad gyda chymdeithion yr Academi.
Looking forward to hearing Prof. Andy Hargreaves talking to the Associates this pm diolch @AlmaHarris1 @SwanseaUni #collaborativeprofessionalism

.#ArcSummit19 comes to its culmination in #cardiff. 8 systems, 7 countries, leaving with greater resolve & better ideas about responsibility before accountability; & leadership for positive change. Next up: #ARC20 in #novascotia - @wgmin_education @cathymontreuil @tristateach

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