The purpose of endorsement is to ensure that the most effective leadership development provision currently on offer can be recognised. The aim of endorsement is to ensure equity of access to high quality leadership development provision across Wales.
We encourage all providers who develop and deliver leadership development opportunities to bring their provision forward for endorsement. The endorsement process ensures that the provision meets the ambition of Our National Mission and supports its four enabling objectives through:
Our current call for endorsement is open now for leadership development provision at any career stage and the closing dates are Friday 1 October 2021 or Friday 18 February 2022. Application guidance for providers and the application form are available to download here and include full details of how to apply.
Support is available by contacting the Leadership Academy by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two stages to endorsement – submitting an application form to be reviewed by a stage 1 panel, which if successful will lead to an invitation to present to a stage 2 endorsement panel. Full details of each stage are provided in the guidance booklet.
Endorsement panels consist of a minimum of three members drawn from Leadership Academy Associates and Stakeholders. The stage 1 panel is chaired by the Assistant Director for Leadership Development and Quality Assurance and the stage 2 panel is chaired by the Chief Executive.
No. There will be no charge to providers to cover the administration of endorsement, but the Leadership Academy will keep this under review and reserves the right to levy a small administration charge for organisations that are not public sector or charitable.
Endorsement will be for 5 years and will need reviewing after this time. However, the Leadership Academy reserves the right to temporarily pause or rescind endorsement as a result of the annual quality assurance process.
No. Endorsement is for programmes / provision only.
Provisions are subject to rigorous scrutiny and must adhere to a robust set of criteria outlined in the application guidance for providers. The Leadership Academy conducts quality assurance on all the endorsed provisions to ensure consistency of standards within the process. Providers can expect the endorsed provision to be quality assured on an annual basis following a completed cycle of delivery and will be asked to produce a quality and impact report.
The Leadership Academy has entered into a collaborative partnership with Education Scotland and the Centre for School Leadership in Ireland. This will involve a supportive, reciprocal arrangement of peer review focused on identifying strengths and areas for improvement in each of the three countries.
No. Providers cannot appeal a decision of the panel, but they are able to resubmit the application based on any recommendations made.