What we do

Developed in partnership with school leaders in Birmingham, the West Midlands and Dubai, the Education Leadership Academy collaboratively designs, constructs and delivers outstanding programmes informed by leading-edge practice to support the future leaders of education.

More about what we do

  • The Education Leadership Academy was launched in 2019 to bring together the best front-line leadership practice with outstanding research. It's aim is to provide educational leadership development programmes for today’s and tomorrow’s education leaders in the UK, UAE and throughout the world. To achieve this we have built a team of academic colleagues and guest lecturers and seminar leaders. Professor Colin Diamond is Director of the ELA and he brings extensive experience of leadership within the education sector from schools to national government.
  • We offer core master’s level leadership programmes The programmes are rooted in socially inclusive leadership and the creation of social capital within communities. We ask first, 'what matters?' before asking 'what works?' We have a base at the campus in Dubai and work internationally with students from across the world. The Senior Degree Apprenticeship Masters programme, whilst rooted in scholarship and research, is co-designed, co-constructed and co-delivered with contemporary school leaders who have a track record of excellence. Student feedback from the MA Leadership for the School Improvement module is exceptional. We have had 100% retention and success on the programme over five years.
  • We are also researching those schools, largely in urban settings, that have disadvantaged cohorts and go on to ensure high levels of achievement and attainment for their pupils and students.
  • We run a series of public seminars led by top English educationalists. Those leading the seminars include Ava Sturridge-Packer CBE, NLE, former head of the outstanding St Mary’s Primary School in Handsworth, Sir David Carter, former National Schools Commissioner, Steve Munby CBE, former CEO National College for School Leadership and published author Imperfect Leadership, and Dame Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England.
  • We serve our local communities in Birmingham and the Black Country. Our work reflects the diversity found in those communities. We never have all-white ELA events.