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We want educational leaders’ well-being to be prioritised and systematically supported in Wales and we’re working with partners across the education system, as well as with Welsh Government and practitioners, to develop a more strategic approach to investing in the ‘whole leader’.

The Leadership Academy has now formed a working group to undertake a review of existing support for leaders’ well-being and co-construct an All-Wales Strategy for the Well-being of Educational Leaders.

As well as providing these strategies the Leadership Academy are developing an exciting partnership with NHS Wales centred around well-being and inspired by their Compassionate Leadership Principles.

Well-being of School Leaders National Survey

Our Well-being of School Leaders National Survey, conducted in summer 2020, identified important areas where leaders are experiencing stress and anxiety in their professional and personal lives, including through workload and aspects of the accountability and inspection systems. We will be expanding this evidence base to cover the youth sector and post-16 in 2021.

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Head-To-Head is a weekly well-being space for headteachers, and Senior Youth Work Leaders providing a much-needed agenda free half hour to talk, listen and build supportive relationships with other leaders across Wales. It is a secure online space to share and listen in small groups of 2-3 with a member of the National Academy for Educational Leadership team. There is no need to contribute or prepare anything in advance.

  • Head-To-Head: Schools every Wednesday at 11am
  • Head-To-Head: Youth Work every Thursday 4pm
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Investors in People: We invest in well-being Gold

The National Academy for Educational Leadership is delighted to be awarded the – we invest in well-being, gold accreditation from Investors in People.

A gold accreditation recognises that the National Academy for Educational Leadership has a high-quality well-being strategy in place that is clearly supported by everyone. There are opportunities and dedicated spaces for the team to work as well as socialise and they understand and successfully support each other’s mental health.

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Well-being Conference

The National Academy for Educational Leadership’s first online conference placed the well-being of educational leaders at the heart of the day. The conference addressed the responses, voiced by school leaders in our Well-being of School Leaders National Survey, for support with coaching, supervision, mentoring and mental health. The well-being of all leaders continues to be one of the strategic priorities for the Leadership Academy. Don’t worry if you missed the conference, you can listen back to all the sessions online. 

  • Podcast – Professor Neil Frude – The Emotional Well-being of School Leaders
  • YouTube – Tracey Jones, Chrysalis Mindset – Coaching Workshops
  • YouTube – Dr Rachel Lilley – Unconscious Cognitive Bias
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