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.
Read our new Insight Series paper by Dr Ali Davies which further studies the findings of the 2020 Well-being of School Leaders National Survey and explores the concept of compassionate leadership within the education sector.
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.
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.
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.
The National Academy for Educational Leadership’s second online conference explored ‘Compassionate Leadership’ and how we can use this philosophy to nurture a culture across the education sector where the well-being of our leaders is prioritised. The well-being of all leaders continues to be one of the strategic priorities for the National Academy for Educational Leadership. Don’t worry if you missed the conference, you can catch-up with the sessions online.