Three Members - National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales

Body: National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Education
Location: Currently virtually via MS Teams or anywhere in Wales
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £80 per day [plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits].
Time Requirements: 1 day a month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    22/12/2021 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Board will be expected to challenge, support and to provide an external
perspective and experience. The aim is to have a Board that, overall, has a diverse
range of relevant skills and life experiences that will enable it to develop a collective
view on issues, providing the stimulus for continuous improvement within the
organisation for the benefit of its customers and wider society.

We are therefore looking for a skills based board and a list of specifically required
expertise is given below. Board Members will need to provide support and expertise to
a relatively new organisation, providing a clear sense of direction and purpose. They
will need to develop a strong grasp of the role and remit and potential reach of the
National Academy for Educational Leadership (NAEL) and its important role within
education reforms in Wales.

All Board members will be expected to:

 Provide strategic direction and leadership, driving performance and holding the
NAEL to account against its strategic and corporate plans.
 Ensure propriety, regularity, economy efficiency and effectiveness in the
operation of the body and adherence to the 7 principles of public life (the Nolan
 Together with other Board members, ensure and support the NAEL to fulfil its
aims and objectives.
 Be a champion for the organisation and its aims and objectives. Be a role model
for both staff and stakeholders.
 Work co-operatively to build relationships with all stakeholders and to ensure
that stakeholders voice is clearly heard in the running of the NAEL
This will include:
 Scrutinising and monitoring performance against strategic and corporate
business plans
 Providing effective scrutiny and governance in line with best practice
 Representing the NAEL externally and fostering close working relationships with
key stakeholders, including the stakeholder representative group.
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 Seeking to make links to other areas within the education system, ensuring that
the NAEL develops in conjunction with education reforms

Person Specification

The skills and experiences we are looking for are set out below. To be considered, you
must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet
all the essential criteria for appointment.
Essential Criteria

All candidates will need to demonstrate the following:

 Excellent analytical skills and intellectual capability with the ability to make
decisions and contribute effectively to thinking on both strategic and practical
 Excellent communication skills with the ability to represent the National Academy
for Educational Leadership (NAEL) in public and engage with key stakeholders;
 The ability to bring fresh ideas to discussions while ensuring the NAEL keeps to
its stated aims and has effective governance arrangements
 Commitment to promoting diversity.
Knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the following areas would be desirable:
 Experience of running a business, public administration at a senior level, working
for a charity or being a trustee
 Interest and knowledge of education in Wales, which may include Youth Work
and/or Further Education
 Knowledge of IT and Technology and its role in professional learning
 Understanding of Human Resources (which may include experience of promoting
equality and diversity or supporting staff wellbeing)
 Ability to speak Welsh
 Awareness of Welsh medium issues
Applicants able to offer expertise in one or more of these areas should clearly
demonstrate this on their application. Applications from individuals with other relevant
backgrounds and experiences that will help the Board to learn and grow would also be

Welsh Language
Welsh language skills at the levels detailed below are desirable but not a pre-requisite
for appointment. However, all candidates will be expected to show an understanding
National Academy for Educational Leadership of the culture and heritage of Wales
and a commitment to ensuring that, along with its
language, the Welsh context is reflected in the working of the Body.

Understanding – Can understand basic conversations about everyday topics
Reading – Can read simple material on everyday topics with understanding
Speaking – Can converse in simple work-related conversations
Writing – Can write simple work-related correspondence

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