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Recruitment and Retention of Senior School Leaders in Wales

Ekaterina Aleynikova, Jasmin Rostron, Sophie Kitson (National institute of Economic and Social Research) & James Zuccollo, Eva Jiménez (Education Policy Institute)

The role of a school leader is fundamental to shaping the educational environment and influencing the overall success of a school. Effective school leaders inspire and motivate both teachers and students, creating a vision for the school and fostering a positive and inclusive school culture. However, maintaining the supply of school leaders in Wales is challenging.

In this context, this research aims to broaden and deepen the existing evidence base on the challenges in recruitment and retention of senior school leaders in Wales, and how those challenges could be addressed.

This research was commissioned by the National Academy for Educational Leadership and undertaken by the National institute of Economic and Social Research and the Education Policy Institute.

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