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Innovation Pathway

The National Academy for Educational Leadership is keen to support providers to create new and innovative approaches to educational leadership development. Innovation of educational leadership development is the creation, development and implementation of ‘new’ developmental provision, with the aim of being:

  • inclusive
  • collaborative
  • inspiring
  • motivational
  • empowering
  • future focused

and which provides quality leadership development opportunities for all.

The criteria set out in the Endorsement of Leadership Development Provision – Guidance should be adhered to when innovating new provision for educational leadership.

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 four and ensure sustainability beyond the initial year. The provision should also demonstrate the iterative task model of improvement. After the first year, or as soon as possible thereafter, it is the Leadership Academy’s expectation that the provider offers their provision for endorsement.

The Leadership Academy will consider supporting providers financially in the development of provision which is ‘new’, and which meets the criteria as set out in the Endorsement of Leadership Development Provision – Guidance.

For all queries, and to submit your application please contact


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Innovation Series

The fourth series of innovation workshops, INNOVATION+, was designed for senior educational leaders across Wales and took place in March 2023. These sessions were developed in line with the skills integral to the Four Purposes and were delivered by two experienced innovators, Professor Andy Penaluna and Jessica Leigh Jones MBE (iungo Solutions).

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