Nicola Morgan, Author at National Education Show

Dyslexia and Mental Health

An emphasis on supporting mental health and wellbeing is becoming central to our thinking in education in the workplace and at home. Understanding the impact of dyslexia on mental health is something that all employers, educators and parents could, and should, be more aware of. Just as we are all unique in our reactions to challenge and adversity, the emotional repercussions of dyslexia are unique to the individual. In order to provide more effective support, here are five key issues around dyslexia and mental health that we should try to understand better.

The emotional impact of dyslexia can be like looking at an abstract painting for the first time. Initially, you may not be able to see patterns, themes or repeating motifs and finding a narrative can be perplexing.

On the surface we might be seeing weak reading, difficulty in accuracy when copying, and time spent learning that seems to have little benefit. We may see memory and co-ordination difficulties and still not realise that there is underlying story of personal trauma.

Dyslexic learners may be dealing with a cocktail of difficulties and our ability to really see what is going on is often obfuscated. Many dyslexic learners learn to mask their difficulties and find strategies to go under the radar. The emotional cost is not always obvious, and our lack of understanding is part of the problem. Often internal dialogue that is taking place is cluttered with negative self-talk, frustration and anxiety. Being unable to grasp the mechanics of a task can lead to symptoms that are in the same range of impact as post-traumatic stress disorder when experienced repeatedly over time.

When looking at a student, colleague, child, or employee; and considering the difficulties they are presenting in tasks like reading, writing, and organisation you may also see the following signs:

  • Poor concentration
  • Memory lapses
  • Emotional deregulation
  • Sensitivity to light noise or textures
  • Loosing trains-of-thought
  • Forgetting starting points

Behind these there are also a cocktail of emotional difficulties that can include:

  • Generalised anxiety
  • Poor self-image & self-confidence
  • Weak self-esteem
  • Challenging, self-defeating or self-destructive behaviours
  • Not feeling a sense of belonging

Appreciating the difficult emotional landscape for dyslexic learners and seeing the adverse effect of coping strategies is a challenge. Here are five things that you can look out for and some strategies to support.

  1. Generalised anxiety:

Life through a dyslexic’s eyes can seem very unbalanced and the experience of growing up with dyslexia is often characterised by delays to identification, diagnosis and intervention. The process of recognising that you are out of step with others is distressing and depressing. Self-recrimination and anxiety are very common.

What can you do?

Provide opportunities to talk about the learning journey that has been experienced. Listen to any worries, concerns and anxieties. Encourage opportunities to share and talk through what could be done differently. Discuss what feels threatening and what sort of emotional responses they feel. Ensure that this discussion feels safe, confidential and is supportive in tone.

Support you can offer might include:

  • Extra time for tasks.
  • Ensuring that written materials are accessible, give consideration to fonts, paper colour and size of print.
  • Streamline workload with tick sheets to reduce the reading and writing load.
  • Find ways to help work-flow with visual charts and organisers.
  • Encourage the use of colour coding tasks and activities.
  1. Poor self-image and self-confidence:

Confidence and effectiveness can be grown, and successful past experiences help to pave the way for future successes. Outward signs of strong self-esteem include:

  • Self-direction
  • Not blaming others
  • Good self-care
  • An ability to make mistakes and learn from them.
  • An ability to trust others.

Support that you can offer might include:

  • Provide opportunities to work on autonomous projects that enable the dyslexic learner to build on their strengths and follow their interests.
  • Always build on a previous positive learning experience rather than introducing something new and potentially daunting. Even just saying that you are going to be building on a previously learnt concept is re-assuring and helpful.
  • Provide opportunities for self-reflection and problem solving.
  • Create conditions that are not conducive to bullying, teasing or perpetuating exclusion.
  • If possible, provide opportunities for dyslexic learners to work together and discuss the ways they tackled the challenges of learning or working on a task.
  • Celebrate successes and look for ways to showcase and utilise the individual’s personal strengths.
  • Investigate the use of assistive technology that can relieve the burden of reading and writing with speech-to-text software and text-to-speech tools. These tools have the ability to increase confidence levels and level the playing field for work tasks.
  1. Weak self-esteem:

Shame and self-esteem are linked together. In order to increase self-esteem, always ensure that goals are achievable. Thoughts, feelings, and actions are all woven together; so, when a task is set that is not achievable, the inevitable impact is feelings of shame. Self-belief has an impact on your outcomes and potential.

Support that you can offer might include:

  • Realistic goal setting.
  • Make time for consistent and regular support with a supportive mentor.
  • Find opportunities to confirm success and achievement and realise these successes in a tangible way. It could be a certificate, sticker or a tick in a box. Praise is crucial. It doesn’t matter how, but recognition and appreciation are crucial to recognising worth and increasing productivity.
  • Reward perseverance and praise the journey rather than the outcome.
  1. Challenging, self-defeating or self-destructive behaviours:

Unrecognised and unsupported dyslexia is a destructive combination. Sometimes disruption is caused because the work and the situation feel threatening. Handing out reprimands only serves to re-enforce poor self-image and does not change the situation. Lack of support and understanding perpetuates behaviour problems.

Support that you can offer might include:

  • Ensure that a passport for positive learning is created that identifies support needs. Then share this passport with staff and make notes on what is working. To change behaviours positive re-enforcement is far more powerful than negative attention.
  • Use a 7/3 approach. Seven out of ten messages given should be modelling the behaviour or actions that you are looking for or praising positively. In school we call this ‘catching them doing it right’, it is a great platform to build on and does change behaviours.
  1. Not feeling a sense of belonging: 

Unfortunately, over time, some dyslexic learners develop a state of learned helplessness. This may be through becoming dependent on others for support – for example, with a teaching assistant. Feeling hopeless in the face of challenges is very damaging, and can result in disconnection and depression.

Support that you can offer might include:

  • Offer genuine praise and support rather than praising ‘synthetic false’ achievements.
  • Identify the learner as a valued part of the team or group.
  • Draw upon their personal strengths. If the individual is struggling to see them, provide evidence that enable them to identify their skills.
  • Use the learner/workers name and identify them in the work of a team.
  • Often dyslexic’s have many misconceptions about their learning difficulty.
  • The work of challenging these misconceptions is essential to them making progress. The use of assistive technology is a great way to do this as it gives opportunities to work at the same level.

Assistive technology is not the cure-all for dyslexia, but it can be incredibly helpful in the following ways:

  • It raises self-esteem by making tasks accessible.
  • It changes self-perception about capacity for learning.
  • It enables independent work to be completed and reduces dependency on others.

In all of these strategies the views of the teacher, trainer, employer, or parent are crucial. By ensuring that positive strategies are being used the landscape of emotional wellbeing can be changed very much for the better.

Written by Julia Clouter, Head of Education, Scanning Pens

Expert guide: How to support children learning EAL

Learning English as an additional language (EAL) is challenging at the best of times, but for children it can be even more testing. TTS understands the importance of understanding how each individual child learns and how you can use this to your advantage when it comes to working with and supporting children who are learning EAL. A child’s mannerisms can give a lot away – from their facial expressions, to their sounds of anguish when they don’t quite understand something and the joy and excitement they attain when they learn something new.

So, what are the secrets behind supporting children who are learning EAL? The truth is, there are none. There is no magic wand and no set agenda to follow when it comes to supporting these children. There are, however, a few factors to bear in mind when trying to steer them in the right direction and help them to develop their skills:

Relationship building
Building a solid relationship and a sense of trust with the child is the foundation of successful learning. Once a child feels secure, they flourish. Extend the relationship building to the child’s family too – take time to understand their situation and wellbeing as this will make it easier to communicate with them.

Effective communication
Building on from establishing a sense of trust and building a relationship with the child, communicating with them effectively will also have a positive impact on their learning. A meaningful conversation is a two-way communication and the child must feel comfortable asking questions to prompt their learning.
All members of staff must also model effective communication too, as the children will pick up on this and it will extend their vocabulary. It will allow them to feel confident in participating in certain conversations and interactions with their peers.

Relevant resources
Having access to suitable resources is always critical in a child’s learning and development. In particular, resources which encourage interest and build links with a child’s own experience are very beneficial as it establishes a sense of familiarity. This will enable children to spark a conversation with one another and provide opportunity for them to listen to and learn from each other. This is a great way to develop and enhance their knowledge of the English language without them even having to think about it – and eventually, it will all come naturally to them.

Patience is key
One of the most important factors of supporting a child who is learning EAL is to be patient. Every child learns at their own pace and allowing them to get their words out, as well as actions and sounds in their own time and without a prompt is critical to their learning. Gentle smiles and nods for encouragement go a long way in reassuring the child they are doing well. Maintaining strong eye contact with them will also reassure them that they have your full attention and support, making them feel more comfortable with their abilities.

How To Get The Most Out Of The National Education Show

The National Education Show will be back and better than ever at Cardiff City Hall on Friday 25th October 2019. 

It’s going to be a fantastic day, jam-packed with intriguing seminars, hundreds of exhibitors offering exclusive show day discounts, and a chance to network with thousands of education professionals.

With only 9 days to go, there are limited free tickets, so please don’t hesitate to claim your free ticket now – we can’t wait to see you! 

Ahead of the day, we thought it would be a good idea to give you some top tips for the day, to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as it can…

  • Register in Advance

We’re expecting it to get pretty busy at the welcome desk, particularly around 8 am when we open the doors for the day.

Please aim to arrive an hour early for your first seminar.

If you’d like to avoid the queues, or be the first to take a look at our fantastic exhibition stands in the lower and upper halls – then registering in advance is the best way to do this.

You can get your free ticket here.

  • Book Seminars Now To Save Money

Entry to our large selection of seminars will be £20 on the day, and attendees will need to pay via debit or credit card through our Eventbrite system on the day.

This is the same process as ordering your ticket early, but you’ll save £5 by ordering at any point before the event – the night of Thursday 24th October.

Our seminars are filling up so check out our selection of seminars here. 

  • Plan Your Trip Ahead

Parking outside the City Hall will be limited, so plan your journey ahead with alternative parking plans just in case.

Having your tickets saved on your phone or printed will allow you easier entry to the building.

Keep checking our social media pages for any updates on the lead up and during the day as we will be keeping attendees updated there.

  • Connect With Us On Social Media

Our twitter feed will be busy on the day with highlights from the show and announcements of seminars.

Give us a follow today to make sure you’re kept in the loop on the day…

Have anything you want to share with us? Give us a tweet @nationaledshow and use our hashtag #NESWales

  • Use Your NES Show Guide

Our show guides include maps for the seminar rooms and exhibition area as well as a seminar time table and information on each seminar and speaker.

Please use this as a guide to your day, along with plenty of displays places all around the City Hall which will feature seminar reminders and a conference map. 

  • Make The Most Of The Exhibition

We have over 100 exhibitor companies attending our showcase in the lower and upper halls, with a huge range of supplies, ideas, resources, software, equipment and much more.

They’re all a friendly bunch, and they’ve traveled all the way to Cardiff to speak to you!

Use the guide to get an idea of who you’d like to speak to, but it’s worth checking out new companies too, as there will be show exclusive offers and discounts that could save your school some money.

Exhibitors will be providing demonstrations of their products as well as chances to win some great prizes.

A full exhibitor list can be found here.

Thinking About Exhibiting @ The National Education Show? Read On…

Not sure if the National Education Show is suitable for your
company’s marketing goals?

Why not join us in Cardiff City Hall on October 25th,
2019 to see for yourself – it’s FREE!

There’s a huge host of things to
see and do at the National Education Show and SEN Show, without spending a

Our show welcomes thousands
of education professionals
 including teaching and non-teaching staff
from across Wales and the UK – and with so much on offer, it’s easy to see

This year, our CPD
accredited seminars at The National Education Show are selling out at
record speed – with 18 seminars already completely full!

Our show takes place on
the most popular INSET day of the Autumn Term and is a great group day out
for all education professionals.

This month has seen sales
increase hugely, so if you’d been considering a certain seminar, please
book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Our seminars are
designed to inspire, empower all those I the industry! Past delegates have
expressed how valuable the experience was, as well as gaining substantial
knowledge on various key topics. 

The National Education Show is
bringing some of the UK’s most renowned and respected speakers to
Cardiff for one day, bringing along a whole host of innovative knowledge and
extensive research in their field. 

All of our speakers are experts
on their topic, and we have some fantastic names on the programme this year.

Also, with 2,500
delegates from all over the UK
expected to attend the show, all
specialising in different fields in the education sector, October 25 is
set to be a fantastic day, and we want to make sure you’re getting the most out
of the show. 

The National Education Show is
happy to bring together so many people in the education sector in one place,
engaging with delegates through our seminars, workshops and
exhibitors. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and discuss
ways of improving your school and learning new teaching practices.

The National Education Show is the ideal occasion to advertise your brand
and gain exposure within nationwide businesses, schools and other
educational institutions from all around the UK. 

The visitors to this event will be key decision makers within their institutions, hoping to get ideas and inspiration to improve their standards of education – and they’ll be making big decisions on the day!

Missing out on the event could potentially mean missing out on a lot of quality conversations.

There’ll be plenty of opportunities to collect valuable data on the day, and The NES will also be collecting visitor data which will be available to purchase after the event. Data is crucial to develop a large and useful customer database and implement strong marketing campaigns through email or telephone.

“What are they doing, that we aren’t?” Might be a question you’ve been asking yourself about your brand. Well, there’s no better way of assessing that than watching how other companies communicate with the visitors, how they explain their products and the ways they grab the attention of passers-by.

Use the event as an opportunity to study and assess how your competitors work, and how you can take extra steps to get above them.

You can then use this new knowledge gained from watching other companies to practice your own pitching style, working out what works for your brand and what doesn’t.

Direct marketing is a practiced skill which, once cracked, can expose your company to masses of new opportunities and connections.

Exhibiting at big events such as The NES will give your staff the confidence to communicate your product in the best way possible.

This could finally be the opportunity your brand has been waiting for – a chance to be introduced into a new audience.

Many businesses we’ve spoken to would love to expose their product to the education sector due to their clear relation to each other – but they are unsure of how to approach it.

The National Education Show is supplying them with exactly that – a gateway into the education sector and an opportunity to expand their product to new avenues.

Still Not Convinced?

Key reasons you should attend the National Education Show:

  • Explore our exhibition featuring over 150 companies with exclusive deals, discounts and giveaways on the day!  
  • Network and meet with thousands of education professionals. 
  • Listen to free talks at our Exhibitor Spotlight.  
  • Try and test hundreds of school productssupplies and services on offer to your establishment.

Dyslexia Awareness Month Glowing Red

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. ‘Go Red’ along with ‘Succeed With Dyslexia’ are asking people across the world to take part in going red, lighting buildings and even whole townscapes red.

In the UK, schools and colleges have been participating in supporting Dyslexia Awareness Week for more than a decade. Annual activities that stimulate peer awareness and promote kindness are taking place in hundreds of schools.

The aim of these October activities is to help dyslexic learners feel less isolated by their learning difficulties and better understood by their friends. The message is about the impact of dyslexia on learning and self-esteem, delivered through assemblies, activities, and inspirational ideas like No Pens Wednesdays.

During this time, learning tasks are achieved through multi-sensory learning opportunities. The range of these activities can include using drama, games, art, and listening activities. Some teachers welcome this type of learning period with creative relish; others detest the shake up to well established routines.

Despite the teachers’ viewpoint, many students will be enjoying different types of learning activities taking place and hopefully becoming a little more sympathetic and understanding of their dyslexic peers learning challenges.

Dyslexia often leaves you feeling tired, confused, and overwhelmed by the task in front of you. The psychological impact linked to feelings of failure and frustration can spark a lifetime of self-recrimination.

The classroom experience is just the tip of the iceberg. Failures to diagnose dyslexia early, and to provide adequate academic and emotional support, inevitably shapes a learner’s outlook on their skills and abilities.

Dyslexia Awareness Month and Go Red will be the focal point for us to reflect on ways that we can better support and understand dyslexia. We need to address the emotional and psychological impact of poorly supported dyslexia better.

Without good literacy skills you are far less likely to be successful at gaining employment or achieving promotion at work.

Recently there has been a strong message about the value of dyslexic strengths in a changing world. Companies like Apple, Microsoft, and GCHQ have been seeking out dyslexic individuals who have neuro-divergent skills.

Valued skills include improved reasoning that can help an organisation to meet its business objectives. The skills of connecting, imagining, exploring, and visualising are equally in demand.

The reality for many is that they have not been blessed with a compensating skill. Dyslexia does not feel like a superpower, it feels like a curse. It causes doubt of your self-worth and damages the confidence needed to earn, learn, and achieve success.

There are many bright people who, despite doing fantastic work, do not put themselves forward for promotion, or try to achieve advancement.

The hurdles of reading and learning are just too difficult. Without the right tools, dyslexia feels insurmountable.

Here are a few common experiences that dyslexic learners experience in school:

  • Getting teased because you have been identified as being unintelligent by your peers.
  • Feeling a lack of self-worth because your work is returned to you covered in red ink or crossed out.
  • Being directed to re-write your spellings in order to learn them when you know it will make no difference to your ability to write the word correctly.
  • Being taught the same way as everyone else and it not making any sense.
  • Looking through your work and being unable to read what you have written.
  • Having notes that are so hard to read you are unable to revise for tests.
  • Looking at your homework book to realise you have no idea of what you are supposed to do.
  • Being disorganised and unable to remember information on demand.
  • Feeling upset because your friends are making learning connections and you are not.
  • Becoming brain fogged and exhausted.
  • Having a very short concentration span that leads to missing important information.
  • Acting out in order to avoid reading aloud then getting into trouble for that behaviour.
  • Working slowly and always being the person who is catching up.
  • Being unable to correctly transfer information from the board to your page.
  • Doing the same phonics learning intervention over and over again and not making progress.

With the right tools it is possible to succeed with dyslexia. There are assistive technology tools like ReaderPens, audio files, speech to text applications, and mind mapping tools that can make a huge difference.

Getting these tools into the hands of the students is the challenge that we need to be addressing. Join in with Go Red this year and share the message that we must better identify learners with dyslexia and effectively support them with the right tools and the right strategies at the earliest opportunity.

New video advertising opportunity at NES – starting from £199+vat!

We’re always adapting our advertising packages to accommodate our exhibitor’s needs, and recently we have received a number of requests for video advertisement opportunities at the show on 25 October 2019 at Cardiff City Hall.

As a response to this, we have introduced the opportunity to advertise your products via video or image slide in our largest seminar room of the day, which holds 180 people and hosts 5 sessions throughout the day!

These videos or slides will be played throughout the 40 minute seminar breaks in the Ferrier Suite – from the moment the seminar ends until the next one begins. Many delegates like to arrive at their seminar in good time, so these adverts would receive lots of attention at the show.

Each video or slide will be played a minimum of 4 times between each session, and we will have 5 breaks – meaning your video will be played approx 20 times throughout the day! We have the following slot types available.

1 minute video clip – £499+vat
30 second video clip – £299+vat
10 second single image slide – £199+vat

If you have a video or particular advertisement you would like to boost on the day, please get in touch and let us know!

Other advertising opportunities are running low.

There’s very limited space remaining on our Wall Calendar and Brochure Pages, which are handed out to every attendee on the day.

Copies of these are then sent out to thousands of schools across the UK during October – January after the show as advertisement for the following year. A great reach for a low price!

Our Exhibitor Spotlight Sessions are also in high demand, providing the opportunity to have a 15 minute talk in front of potential buyers advertising your company and product. This will take place on the stage in the upper hall, with opportunities to demonstrate products and conduct a Q and A.

To take advantage of any of these fantastic opportunities, please get in touch today!

If you’d like to join us at The National Education Show and National SEN Show, please don’t delay to book your stand – we have less than 5 stands left!

Booking couldn’t be easier;

Step 1 – Download a booking form here.
Step 2 – Fill in with your preferred stand numbers and return
Step 3 – Get excited for October!

We’ll see you in Cardiff City Hall!

Yr Academi Genedlaethol ar gyfer Arweinyddiaeth Addysgol

Yn 2017, cyhoeddodd Kirsty Williams, y Gweinidog Addysg, y byddai Academi ar gyfer Arweinyddiaeth yn cael ei sefydlu fel rhan o gynllun ‘Addysg yng Nghymru: Cenhadaeth Ein Cenedl’ i gefnogi holl arweinyddion addysgol Cymru. Lansiwyd yr Academi Arweinyddiaeth yn ffurfiol yn 2018, gyda Huw Foster Evans wrth y llyw fel prif Weithredwr ynghyd â 12 o benaethiaid ysgol o bob rhan o Gymru yn cydweithio i gefnogi datblygu arweinyddiaeth.

Ar hyn o bryd, mae gennym 4 aelod ychwanegol o staff yn cefnogi gwaith yr Academi Arweinyddiaeth sy’n cynnwys Cyfarwyddwr Cynorthwyol ar gyfer Datblygu Arweinyddiaeth a Sicrhau Ansawdd, Cyfarwyddwr Cynorthwyol ar gyfer Ymchwil a Pholisi, Rheolwr Busnes a Gweinyddwr. Maent yn gweithio o’n swyddfa yn Abertawe. Bu cynnydd hefyd yn nifer Cymdeithion yr Academi Arweinyddiaeth gyda phenodiad 12 arall o benaethiaid ysgol yn Ebrill 2019.

Pam creu Academi Arweinyddiaeth?

Pwrpas yr Academi Arweinyddiaeth yw meithrin gallu arweinyddiaeth yn ein system addysg. Ar yr un pryd, bydd yn sicrhau bod arweinyddiaeth o ansawdd yn cael ei ddarparu i gefnogi a datblygu arweinwyr ar bob lefel, a gwneud yn siwr bod y ddarpariaeth honno ar gael yn hawdd ac yn hygyrch i arweinwyr ledled Cymru.

Beth mae’r Academi Arweinyddiaeth yn ei wneud?

Mae’r 24 o Gymdeithion yn ymarferwyr lefel uwch sy’n gweithio yn y maes ar hyn o bryd. Maent wedi ymrwymo i ddatblygu arweinyddiaeth system trwy Gymru gyfan. Mae ganddynt ran bwysig i’w chwarae wrth ofalu bod yr Academi Arweinyddiaeth yn parhau’n gorff cynhwysol a chydweithredol a sicrhau bod gan y proffesiwn fynediad i gyfleoedd datblygu sy’n sbarduno ac ysbrydoli.

Ar hyn o bryd, mae’r Cymdeithion yn gweithio ar ddau gomisiwn. Mae’r cyntaf yn edrych ar Ddysgu Proffesiynol a Lles tra bo’r ail yn archwilio agenda’r Gymraeg mewn Addysg. Yn rhinwedd gwaith ymgynghori’r comisiynau yma, mae’r Cymdeithion yn nodi’r meysydd y mae angen eu gwella yn ogystal â chryfderau y gellir eu rhannu. Rydym wedi cynnal digwyddiadau rhanbarthol a thraws-ranbarthol yn ogystal â chynadleddau cenedlaethol i rannu gwybodaeth am arfer effeithiol.

Cymeradwyo’r Ddarpariaeth Bresennol

Trwy broses gymeradwyo’r Academi Arweinyddiaeth yr ydym yn cydnabod darpariaeth arweinyddiaeth o ansawdd sydd eisoes ar waith yn ein system.

Mae’r broses gymeradwyo’n cynnwys dau gam. Mae’r panel sy’n gyfrifol am gam 1 yn cynnwys 4 o Gymdeithion dan gadeiryddiaeth y Cyfarwyddwr Cynorthwyol ar gyfer Datblygu Arweinyddiaeth a Sicrhau Ansawdd. Maent yn defnyddio cyfres o feini prawf i asesu’r ddarpariaeth. Os yw’r ddarpariaeth yn bodloni’r gofynion hynny, mae’n symud ymlaen i gam 2 ac ail banel dan gadeiryddiaeth Prif Weithredwr yr Academi Arweinyddiaeth. Mae’r cam yma’n cynnwys craffu ar dystiolaeth bellach ac effaith y ddarpariaeth trwy brosesau sicrhau ansawdd, cyflwyniad gan y darparwyr a chyfle i’r panel holi’r darparwyr am eu darpariaeth. Os yw’r ddarpariaeth yn llwyddo i fodloni gofynion yr ail gam, caiff y ddarpariaeth lwyddiannus ei rhestri ar ein gwefan ac fe hysbysir Llywodraeth Cymru. Anogir darparwyr sy’n aflwyddiannus yn y broses i ddatblygu eu darpariaeth ymhellach, gyda chefnogaeth yr Academi Arweinyddiaeth, cyn ail-gyflwyno eu cais.

Llwybr Arloesi – Cyfle i fod yn greadigol

Gyda chwricwlwm newydd ar y gorwel mae gofyn i arweinwyr ledled Cymru ystyried sut y byddan nhw’n cefnogi ac yn arwain ar y 4 diben, 6 maes dysgu a phrofiad, 12 egwyddor addysgeg a’r safonau proffesiynol newydd ar gyfer dysgu ac arweinyddiaeth ymhlith rhestr o flaenoriaethau eraill. Mae’r Academi Arweinyddiaeth yn galw arnoch i fod yn greadigol ac arloesol wrth ddyfeisio cyfleoedd datblygu arweinyddiaeth ‘newydd’ ac fe allem gynnig cefnogaeth ariannol i chi ddatblygu’r ddarpariaeth yma.

Mae canllawiau manwl a ffurflenni cais ar gael ar neu gallwch gysylltu â ni gydag unrhyw ymholiad drwy e-bost:

Exhibitor Blog Spotlight: The National Academy for Educational Leadership

In 2017, the Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced as part of Education in Wales: Our National Mission, that there would be a Leadership Academy established to support all educational leaders across Wales.  In 2018, the Leadership Academy was formally launched with its Chief Executive Officer, Huw Foster-Evans, at the helm along with 12 Associate headteachers from across Wales to support leadership development.

Currently, there are 4 additional members of staff to support the work of the Leadership Academy which include an Assistant Director for Leadership Development and Quality Assurance, an Assistant Director for Research and Policy, a Business Manager and Administrative Support, who are all based in Swansea.  There has also been an increase to the Leadership Academy Associate role with a further 12 headteachers appointed in April 2019.

Why have a Leadership Academy?

The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to build leadership capacity in our educational system. At the same time, it will ensure that there is good quality leadership provision which supports and develops leaders at all levels, and which is available and accessible to all leaders across Wales.

What is the Leadership Academy doing?

The 24 Associates who are serving practitioners at senior level, are engaged in developing system leadership across Wales.  They have a major role in ensuring that the Leadership Academy continues to be inclusive and collaborative and that the profession has access to developmental opportunities which are motivational and inspirational.

The Associates are currently working on two commissions – one which looks at Professional Learning and Wellbeing and the second which explores the Welsh in Education agenda.  Through the enquiry work carried out on these commissions, the Associates are identifying areas for improvement as well as strengths to be shared.  Events for sharing effective practice have included regional and cross-regional work as well as national conferences.

Endorsement of Current Provision

Through the Leadership Academy’s endorsement process, we recognise the quality leadership provision which is currently being delivered in our system.

The endorsement process comprises of two stages.  The panel for stage 1 comprises of 4 Associates and is chaired by the Assistant Director for Leadership and Quality Assurance, who assess the provision against a set of criteria. If the provision meets the criteria, it progresses to stage 2 where a second panel is chaired by the Chief Executive of the Leadership Academy.  During this stage there is scrutiny of further evidence and impact through quality assurance processes, a presentation by the provider and an opportunity for the panel to question the providers about their provision.  If the provision is successful at stage 2, the successful provision is listed on our website and Welsh Government are informed.  Providers who are unsuccessful in the process are encouraged to develop their provision further, with the support of the Leadership Academy, before re-submission.

The Innovation Pathway – Time to be creative

With a new curriculum on the horizon leaders across Wales are having to think about how they will support and lead on the 4 purposes; 6 areas of learning and experience; 12 pedagogical principals; the new professional standards for teaching and leadership amongst a list of other priorities.  The Leadership Academy is calling on you to be creative and innovative in devising ‘new’ leadership development opportunities and we could support you financially in the development of this provision.

Full guidance and application forms can be found at or for all queries, please contact

LAST CHANCE: These NES sessions have less than 10 spaces left!

This year, our CPD accredited seminars at The National Education Show are selling out at record speed – with 6 seminars already completely full! October 25 is set to be a fantastic day, and we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of the show.

It doesn’t look like bookings will slow down any time soon, so if you’d been considering a certain seminar, please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Our new SEN and ALN based seminars are proving extremely popular, so get yours today!

With 40 CPD accredited seminars to choose from at The National Education Show, we have a great range of teaching based topics to explore, presented by the UK’s most popular education experts! If you’ve been looking for ways to make your work day more streamlined and cost effective, we also have over 150 companies offering amazing school products, supplies and services at the show, too.

The below sessions have less than 10 seats left, and are very likely to sell out before the end of the month.  

To avoid missing out, please order your tickets as soon as possible by clicking here. 

You can also meet and discuss your school’s requirements with our fantastic exhibitors – a selection of them are featured below! A warm welcome to our newest exhibitors.

To view all of our NES exhibitors, please click here. 

Just 2 weeks left to claim your 50% discount for group bookings at NES!

There’s just 2 weeks left to make the most of our fantastic 50% discount for group bookings at Wales’ biggest education show. Group bookings discount will be officially ending on 30 June 2019.

Our discount has helped so many schools/educational organisations in Wales and across the UK in saving money on high-quality, effective CPD accredited training – but we want to help lots more in these final weeks!

With 40 CPD accredited seminars to choose from at The National Education Show, we have a great range of teaching based topics to explore, presented by the UK’s most popular education experts! If you’ve been looking for ways to make your work day more streamlined and cost effective, we also have over 150 companies offering amazing school products, supplies and services at the show, too.

With a 50% discount, these seminars are just £5 per person, meaning your staff can each gain 5 CPD hours for just £25 for a whole day of exciting and innovative talks – amazingly cheap INSET! Get in touch today to save your school hundreds on an INSET/PD day!

Seminars Include: 

  • Super Scribers – Engaging activities to support fine motor skills for handwriting.
    Helen Battelley
  • ‘I’M NOT NAUGHTY!’ Supporting children with Oppositional Demand Disorder (ODD) and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
    Karen Ferguson
  • Supporting the most vulnerable children in your school
    Lorraine Petersen 
  • Growing Up In The Online World
    Chris Skinner
  • The impact of No Written Feedback on pupil progress and staff well-being
     Julie Rees
  • We’ve Tried Plan A – Now What’s Plan B? Practical & effective ways to help manage challenging pupils.
    Nicola S Morgan

You can also meet and discuss your school’s requirements with our fantastic exhibitors – a selection of them are featured below! A warm welcome to our newest exhibitors.