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

Press Release

The Board of the National Academy for Educational Leadership is delighted to announce that Mrs Tegwen Ellis has been appointed to be its new Chief…

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Do you want to join the Leadership Academy?

Here at the National Academy for Educational Leadership we are already looking forward to what 2020 has in store and to appointing our latest group…

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A Cohort 2 Associate Reflection

Having been an associate in cohort 2 for 9 months now, completed the first set of learning experiences and got stuck into our commission –…

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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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NEWS - @NAELCymru will be publishing guidance for schools on Leading Professional Learning that will inform the professional learning plan all schools will be expected to publish in line with #curriculumforwales timeline. https://nael.cymru/leading-professional-learning/

Mae'r Academi Arweinyddiaeth yn datblygu canllawiau cenedlaethol newydd ar gyfer arweinwyr ysgolion a llywodraethwyr yng Nghymru i hysbysu ac ysbrydoli sut mae ysgolion yn cynllunio ar gyfer dysgu proffesiynol ac yn ei arwain. I ddarganfod mwy ewch i https://nael.cymru/cy/arwain-dysgu-proffesiynol/

The Leadership Academy is developing new national guidance for school leaders and governors in Wales to inform and inspire how schools plan for and lead professional learning. To find out more visit https://nael.cymru/leading-professional-learning/

A very productive three nations meeting this week with @EducationScot & @NAELCymru Thank you to our mentor & mentee for their reflections on our #mentoring programme for newly appointed principals.

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