National Academy for Educational Leadership Online Conference Wednesday 27th January 2021 from 9am - 2:30pm

The National Academy for Educational Leadership’s first online conference will focus on the well-being of educational leaders in Wales. Following the results of our well-being survey, completed by over 1000 school leaders, we have designed a bespoke conference, tailored to the needs and requests expressed in your responses.

The day will include workshops exploring strategies such as coaching and supervision, sessions with professionals in the field of psychology as well as presentations by Headteachers sharing their insight and practice.

Speakers include:

So take some time for yourselves and make your well-being a priority by joining us on Wednesday 27th January 2021, 9am-2:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you!


Dr Coral Harper

Dr Coral Harper is the Director of Trauma Informed Schools in Wales. Coral has worked in and studied the field of Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties for 25+ years as a teacher & senior leader in mainstream, special and independent specialist provision and latterly as a freelance trainer, consultant, and coach. Coral is passionate about supporting children old and young (that includes adults!) to be happy, understood, mentally well and fulfilled. She has a particular interest and expertise in rebuilding attachments and enhancing emotional health and well-being through connection with animals and nature.

Professor Neil Frude

Professor Neil Frude is a consultant clinical psychologist, Honorary Professor in Cardiff University and Visiting Professor in the University of South Wales. He has published a number of books on topics as diverse as family relations, disruption in schools, violence and human interaction with computers. In 2003 Neil devised the “books on prescription” strategy for mental health which led to national schemes in Wales and England that have now reached over 2 million people. In 2014 Neil received the British Psychological Society Lifetime Achievement Award. In recent years he has focussed on applying research in “positive psychology” to clinical and educational contexts.

Tracey Jones

Tracey is a perception pioneer, who works one to one and in groups, Inspiring people to challenge the habits of low-level thoughts and habitual programming, by assimilating the verbal and non-verbal cues. As a Language Alchemist she transforms these low-level thoughts into that of substance and structure. She supports to develop the ability to "reframe" these patterns, enabling clients to manage diverse transition points throughout life. Tracey's approach to her work is very matter of fact and not a soft approach, she ensures that her clients understand how to become strategic with their thought patterns. Enabling clients to bring the intelligence into their emotional reactions and understand the ‘Mechanics of their Mind’

Dr Rachel Lilley

Dr Rachel Lilley has pioneered world leading programmes on decision making, mindfulness and behavioural economics. She has over 20 years’ experience working on environmental, social, individual, and organisational change. Recent projects have included research with the Welsh Government developing and delivering innovative approaches to organisational development and well-being. Her research has been described as 'radical' by the Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford. She is an expert behaviour change consultant, and her programme builds capacities for complexity and delivering change whilst also mitigating bias and supporting well-being. One public sector client described her as: “Bringing a new, in-depth understanding of how our minds and emotions work together alongside a wealth of contextual experience in how these actually play out and shape our work, organisations and communities.”

Registration is now fully booked. Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to book a place, we will be recording elements of the conference and releasing these on our podcast and YouTube channels in the New Year