A PRIMARY school head teacher has been chosen to become an associate of the National Academy for Educational Leadership.

Kelvin Law, of Romilly Primary School, in Barry, is one of 12 new associates from across Wales appointed to the prestigious role.

He will work with the Academy over the next few years to support its programme of activity.

The Academy aims to work with partners from across the system to provide strategic support for those in current leadership roles.

It also provides encouragement and inspiration for those who wish to pursue a leadership career in education.

The appointment of the new set of associates follows the publication of the Academy’s first commission report.

The report looked at how best to nurture and inspire the next generation of education leaders.

‘Inspiring Leaders – Enriching Lives: Our Call to Action’ made a series of recommendations which are currently being discussed in greater detail with education practitioners.

Mr Law said: “The appointment is an honour and I’m looking forward to taking an active part in the Academy and bringing over 20 years of senior leadership experience to the role.

“Having been actively involved with the local education consortium I know how important it is to develop the next generation of leaders within the profession, which will ultimately have a positive impact on our children’s education.”

The new associates were formally appointed at a dinner at Cardiff’s Marriott Hotel, where the Welsh Government’s minister for education, Kirsty Williams, welcomed them to their new role.

She said: “I am delighted to welcome the second cohort of Academy Associates to their roles.

"I am sure that they will all benefit a great deal from the experience and, as Associates, their impact will be felt widely across our education system.”

The Leadership Academy’s chief executive, Huw Foster Evans added: “We’re delighted these talented leaders have agreed to get on board and help us develop our work further. “The team are also looking forward to our upcoming roadshows across Wales as we seek to create a system that ensures that practitioners across Wales are able to engage with the most relevant, meaningful and inspiring professional learning.”