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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 post@agaa.cymru.

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Innovation Series

We deliver an annual innovation series in order to stimulate innovative thinking and action among educational leaders so that they can develop a culture of innovation, helping others to think differently and work in new ways. Previous series have been designed and facilitated in collaboration with Associates and Larry Shulman, Innovation, Leadership and Change Consultant. The second series, facilitated by Larry Shulman, focussed on the ‘Innovative Leader’ and was attended by over 70 educational leaders from across Wales. The series was used as a platform for professional dialogue with colleagues, to give space for reflection and for schools and organisations to apply for funding towards ‘Innovative Thinking in Action’. Some examples of the ‘Innovative Thinking in Action’ pieces of work included Community Focussed projects, Curriculum for Wales initiatives and Improving Andragogy – Understanding and Practice.

The third Innovation Series was designed in collaboration with Welsh Government and Apple Education and focussed on ‘Leading Digital Innovation’.

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Case Studies

Pontlliw Primary School

Innovation Pathway, December 2021

Ysgol Bryn Gwalia

Innovation Pathway, January 2022


Innovation Pathway February – July 2020