Leadership Unlocked

Join us for the National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales webinar series Leadership Unlocked. This four-part professional learning programme will explore leadership in Wales and its educational context. Each webinar will be guided by a notable guest speaker including; Professor Stephen Heppell (CEO Heppell.net and Professor, The Felipe Segovia Chair of Learning Innovation at Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid), Professor Laura McAllister CBE, FLSW (Professor of Public Policy, Cardiff University), Major Marcus Heslop (British Army) and Professor Mick Waters (Professor of Education at Wolverhampton University).

The webinars are designed for teachers in senior leadership roles from schools, youth and Further Education colleges and aims to support them in their roles as system leaders. Delivered digitally via the Zoom online platform this web-based series will deliver high quality and inspirational professional learning, that is engaging, stimulating, motivational, collaborative, inclusive and equitable to all. Each webinar will include a range of activities and learning techniques for example think tank exercises, break out rooms, Q&A’s, pre-reading tasks, and access to additional reading and resource materials.

The series now fully booked. A new Leadership Unlocked Webinar Series will be held in Spring 2021, sign up to our monthly newsletter to be the first to find out dates and booking information.



Professor Stephen Heppell - 5th November

Stephen was a schoolteacher for more than a decade, and has been a professor since 1989. He has worked with governments around the world, international agencies, schools and communities. Stephen has been at the forefront of digital technology in education for as long as there have been computers. He has a global reputation for innovative thinking and for identifying practices that make a difference.

Major Marcus Heslop - 12th November

Major Marcus Heslop is a regular serving officer in the Royal Tank Regiment. Born into a military family, his entire life has been shaped by public service and the Army values and Standards. A 31-year career thus far seen him deploy globally on operations. Progressing from a very young Trooper at the age of 16 to the rank of Major his career has given him unique experiences and the opportunity to lead soldiers in some of the most challenging environments. The strong identity and organisational culture of the British Army have allowed him to develop as a person, leader and manager. He is an experienced leader who is passionate about Leadership, coaching and mentoring those around him. Major Heslop has helped numerous organisations explore Leadership and uses his own experiences as a lens for promoting further learning and assisting teams in maximising their potential.

Professor Laura McAllister CBE, FLSW - 19th November

Laura is Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales at Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre. Her research centres on Welsh politics, devolution, electoral reform and gender. Laura works extensively in a range of external roles across politics and sport. She is committed to ensuring the impact of her academic research and its benefits for citizens and institutions. Laura works very closely with the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) on constitutional and political matters. She writes a regular column for the Western Mail and WalesOnline. Laura was an international footballer for Wales Women's national football team with 24 caps and was team captain. She has been Chair of Sport Wales, a board member of UK Sport, and is currently Deputy Chair of UEFA Women’s Football Committee.

Professor Mick Waters - 26th November

Professor Mick Waters is known to many head teachers in Wales. During his career, Mick has been a teacher and head teacher before working at senior levels in Birmingham and Manchester Local Authorities. Over several years he has been asked to work in countries across the globe either with national governments or directly with schools to develop revised policy and practice. In 2018, Mick chaired an Independent Review of School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions for the Welsh Government with some exciting new proposals for teachers’ careers and professional learning. This followed on from work he did in helping to produce new Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership,and more recently, Assisting Teaching. Last year, he chaired a panel to produce early recommendations about the way the system needs to amend habits, routines and traditions to enable more family friendly approaches for the modern age: ‘Schooling re-imagined’.