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Leadership matters

The Education Workforce Council held its second policy briefing of 2017 on Thursday, 14 December at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay. This analysis presented data on school headteachers, deputies, and assistant and executive headteachers and registrants with NPQH who are not in a leadership role.

This event was for all stakeholders with an interest in education policy and headteacher recruitment / retention. We drew on unique data from the register gathered over 10 years to reveal what’s happening in headteacher/leader recruitment, retention, and career progression in Wales.

We presented data extracted from the register of education practitioners to provide a profile of in-service headteachers and registrants that hold NPQH in terms of age, gender, years since QTS, qualification which will show the overall profile of registrants in headship roles or progressing to headship.

We hope the session will help guide the development of education policy in Wales in areas such as workforce planning, NPQH, headteacher retention, gender balance, the Welsh language strategy, and devolved pay and conditions.

It also offered an opportunity to look at barriers to headship and views on NPQH with evidence from qualitative research.

This event was sponsored by Darren Millar AM.

An infographic depicting the statistics can be found here .

You can download the slides from the presentation here .

A full written report will be made available soon.

In the meantime, if you would like more information, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 029 2047 5837.

In May 2017, the Education Workforce Council held a policy briefing on data relating to the recruitment, retention and career progression of school teachers in Wales . The event was for all stakeholders with an interest in education policy and teacher recruitment / retention. It drew on unique data from the register gathered over 10 years to reveal what’s happening in teacher recruitment, retention and career progression in Wales.

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