Ellis, Gill

Ellis, Gill
Start date:
October 2019
Research Topic:
Welsh head teachers professional learning and development needs
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Mark Connolly
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC

The title, aims and purpose of the research are current in terms of developing educational leadership in Wales. I see that there are two areas of focus. Firstly, finding out how head teachers themselves use the professional leadership standards for their own professional learning and secondly, how head teachers use the standards to develop their own staff. This includes not just teachers and teaching assistants but staff at all levels. One of the challenges to ensure that there is a consistency of leadership development across Wales is reaching those smaller rural communities to ensure that there is equity of provision for all.
The vision of the National Academy for Educational Leadership (NAEL) is to create and develop the future leaders of Wales. One of its core purposes is to endorse high quality leadership programmes to create effective systems leaders and to develop schools as learning organisations. In order for this vision to be realised the Academy needs to identify exactly what the professional development needs are in Wales.