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:
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 guidance and current endorsement timeline is available to view here.
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 new and innovative provision should consider the prompts below in the context of the four areas of the National Academy for Educational Leadership endorsement criteria.
Creative – Is the provision creative and purposeful?
Does the provision offer better solutions to both existing and new challenges in education and leadership development? Does the provision explore and experiment with innovative approaches? Does the provision combine knowledge, skills and resources to achieve valuable impact?
Clarity – Is it clear what the provision is for?
Is it clear what career stage this is directed at? Is there enough information to inform us of the design? Is the focus on leadership development? Has the new idea identified the needs and challenges that need to be met?
Usability – Is it practicable? Does it solve a problem?
Is this new? Is there repetition? Does the provision address the needs of the current and future context? Does the provision allow for thinking creatively, strategically, imaginatively and interdependently? Does it allow for defining ideas and actions? Does the provision allow for flexible thinking?
Stability – Does the idea have market demand?
Is it future- focused and relevant for today and tomorrow? Is it sustainable? Is it aspirational? Will it inspire others beyond the first year? Does it empower others? Does it create opportunities to apply past knowledge to new situations?
Scalability – Can it be duplicated/used in other contexts while remaining cost effective?
How collaborative is it? What are the models of development? What are the risks for expanding? Is the model iterative, which allows for adaptations and improvements and recognises what doesn’t work?
Embedded – Can it become a habit or trend?
Does it allow for repetition and embedding of skills and knowledge through a cycle? Does it develop habits? Does it allow for varying orientation? Does it change behaviours?
Integration – Does it fit with the overall vision?
Does it remain true to the vision and values of the Leadership Academy? Does it ‘fit’ with the priorities of the National context?
Effective – Does it have impact?
Does it improve the educational development opportunities? How is this measured? Realised? Does it enable great leadership to thrive within the system? What are the levers which encourage an openness to professional learning?
Risk – Does it consider the risks involved?
Are risks identified? (Budget, time, commitment) Are risks managed responsibly? How? How does it respond to risk of unintended outcomes?
Resources – how developmental is it?
Does it develop self-awareness and self-efficacy? Does it allow for self-reflection? Is it motivational? Does it develop perseverance? Does allow for the development of metacognition?
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.
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