“Wales needs inspirational leaders that are well prepared and supported to lead their organisations through the changes ahead.” Education in Wales, Our National Mission

The Central South Consortium aims to support leaders at all levels to achieve equity and excellence for all learners. Our national mission recognises that promoting and supporting effective, collaborative leadership is central to reforms and developing system leaders as a prime driver.

Our professional learning opportunities aim to support leaders at all levels to develop their leadership skills and to collaborate with colleagues, building strong networks. The programmes we offer also include coaches and mentors, providing support whilst developing leadership skills in the coaches and mentors themselves.

The leadership pathway programmes we offer are national programmes, endorsed by The National Academy (NAEL) and delivered regionally. They are designed to ensure that, wherever you are in Wales, you have access to the same high quality learning as your colleagues. It also means that the professional learning is recognised across Wales.

The leadership pathway also includes the Aspiring Head Teacher programme that effectively prepares leaders for headship including assessment for the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

Leadership development should be at the heart of practitioner, school and national efforts which seek to raise standards for all.

All professional learning opportunities in Central South Consortium are designed to support schools to develop as learning organisations across the seven dimensions of the framework and/or to support practitioners in the professional standards for teaching and leadership (PSTL). Through the professional learning passport, practitioners can record their professional learning activities.

Information and Guidance

Applications and information for all the Leadership Pathway programmes:


For those candidates already undertaking the programme:


We are currently finalising our Professional Learning opportunities.
This section will continue to be updated.

Further Reading and Research

Recap (something to do):

Interactive PDF

Leadership Standards Review format

Schools as Learning Organisations resources, case studies and reports

National Schools as Learning Organisations Survey - instructions

Research and Reading (something to read):

Reflection (something to watch):

Are you brave enough to abandon a practice that has made you successful in the past? Who are you spending time with? What is the diversity of your network?

What does perfection look like in the classroom/school/the system)? Should we value perfection? What’s the cost of failure?

What do you think of the idea of ‘collective genius’? What do you think about the idea of unlearning conventional notions of leadership to innovate?

What are our hard problems and how are we choosing to solve them? What happens when what we find flies in the face of conventional wisdom? How do we know we are right? What are the issues we are afraid to discuss? How can we find our voices and speak out?

How can we build an environment of trust and cooperation? What are the threats in our environment as Associates? Do we fear our leaders and if we do, what does that do to our behaviour? Leadership is a choice, not a rank – what do you think to this statement?

What’s a ‘lollipop’ moment? How can we create more of these as leaders

For further support and guidance please contact:

Project Support Officer:

Alison Tovey Alison.Tovey@cscjes.org.uk

Area Lead(s):

Emma Coates emma.coates@cscjes.org.uk

Other areas of professional learning

Equity and Wellbeing / Curriculum / Pedagogy / Welsh Language Development / Teaching Assistants / Induction / Governors / Educational Visits / NQT Induction / Initial Teacher Education