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Welsh head teachers’ professional learning and development needs

This research project is in competition for funding with one or more projects available across the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Usually the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding. Find out more information about the DTP and how to apply.

The Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, the Welsh Government and the newly formed National Academy for Educational Leadership (NAEL) in Wales are offering this exciting opportunity for a researcher with an interest in education, leadership and professional development.

Educational leadership has been increasingly recognised as a catalyst for educational reform and school improvement. Recent Welsh Government policies have sought to develop Welsh educational leadership, most especially through the establishment of the NAEL, which aims to ‘secure, nurture and inspire’ educational leaders.

The successful applicant will work with head teachers throughout Wales to assess their professional learning and development needs to inform the work of the newly formed Academy. The project has two points of focus:

  • the first is to assess head teachers’ use of professional leadership standards for their own and their staff’s professional development
  • the second is to identify professional development needs of Welsh head teachers that could be embedded within the Academy.

The design of the project is mixed methods. The first phase will involve a survey of Welsh head teachers and the second phase will be a qualitative exploration of head teachers’ professional needs.

The successful candidate may be offered the opportunity of a placement within Welsh Government or the NAEL.


Mark Connolly

Dr Mark Connolly

Lecturer in Education

+44 (0)29 2087 5097

Dr Alexandra Morgan

Lecturer/ Programme Co-ordinator Masters in Educational Practice

+44 (0)29 2087 5040

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