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Quality Assurance

Our quality assurance process recognises and provides endorsement of leadership provision that meets both the required high standards and the needs of educational leaders in Wales. We do this through a rigours and robust peer led endorsement and monitoring process.

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Educational leaders in Wales are operating in challenging, unpredictable circumstances and understand that innovative systems, tools and thinking are essential. We support innovation through:

An Innovation Pathway fund where new leadership provision can be developed through new thinking and actions.

Annual Innovation workshops to stimulate innovative thinking and action among educational leaders.

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System Leadership

Effective system leadership drives self-improvement with professionals collaborating and leading beyond their own organisation, between tiers and across sectors and this is at the heart of the work we are taking forward in Wales through our flagship Associate model.

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Leadership Development

We provide a range of opportunities for educational leaders to come together nationally to engage in professional conversations with peers from across sectors through our Leadership Unlocked webinars, National Conferences, In Conversation events and International Blethers. These opportunities allow leaders to develop their professional capabilities, feel empowered, inspired and motivated.

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We believe practical resources designed to help leaders develop their own practice must be based on the best available evidence. So, the resources we publish are informed by the international policy and practitioner literatures – and the lived experience of educational leaders in Wales.

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The Insight Series introduces new, evidence-informed thinking in the form of research commissions, reviews of international policy and academic literatures and opinion pieces.

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We want educational leaders’ well-being to be prioritised and systematically supported in Wales and we’re working with partners across the education system, as well as with Welsh Government and practitioners, to develop a more strategic approach to investing in the ‘whole leader’.

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Strategic Workforce Development

We are working towards creating a system where leadership roles are attractive and leaders are motivated to remain and develop within the profession. In support of this, collection, analysis and published up-to-date and useful data on recruitment and retention of educational leaders is needed to inform a strategic proposals.

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Stakeholder Engagement Framework

The National Academy for Educational Leadership has established an extensive Stakeholder Engagement Framework which aims to work with key stakeholder networks and forums that represent all areas of educational leadership across Wales and internationally.

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