Welsh Lib Dem Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced plans to launch a new National Academy of Educational Leadership, a key commitment of the Welsh Liberal Democrats during the election.
The new academy will be at arms length from the Welsh Government with an aim to prepare all leaders in the Welsh education system with the right skills and knowledge to the benefit of children across Wales. It will also help to make sure schools can deliver the new curriculum and vision for education in Wales.
Welsh Lib Dem Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said:
“My priorities are to get the basics right – let heads lead and teachers teach. I am pleased to be delivering on this key Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto commitment. My ambition is to work closely with the profession to ensure that teachers be the best they can be, while raising the standing of the profession as a whole.
“It is my firm belief that in order to achieve our vision of an education system that enables every child to achieve their potential we need enthused, valued and skilled teachers.
“That’s is why I believe that this leadership academy is so important. It will develop the current and future leadership talent for Wales and ensure all schools can deliver the best education for our children now and in the future.
“It also means strengthening leadership and ensuring greater consistency across schools, through bringing schools, local authorities, regional consortia and our universities together. Our school leaders need the right skills and knowledge to lead in a changing world so we can make sure our pupils receive the best education possible.
“I want to ensure that we create well-designed development opportunities that build on our learning from the best in the world.
“This is an important step in our national mission to ensure that our entire system continues on its journey of improvement.”
The first group of serving headteachers and aspiring headteachers should be able to benefit from programmes in September 2017.