What we do
Inquire – what class-based action research and teacher-led inquiry has raised standards?
Innovate – how have schools done things differently in order to do them better?
Inspire – how have schools influenced each other’s work through our network?
Impact – what changes have been proven to make a difference to student outcomes?
How we work
SSAT exists for our schools and is led by them. We believe leaders and practitioners in schools are best placed to shape, promote and deliver improvements and developments in our education system – which is why we are the home of the Redesigning Schooling campaign.
We develop and disseminate the very best ideas for you to adopt and adapt in your school. Our membership package and our programmes and events are designed and delivered by school leaders supported by leading academics and business thinkers.
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Who we are
SSAT is comprised of staff with backgrounds in education and project-support teams. We are supported in our work by our members and by leading academics including Dylan Wiliam, Andy Hargreaves, Bill Lucas, Barry Carpenter, David Jesson and Guy Claxton.
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There are currently two directors of the company:
Non-Executive Chairman – Jude Chin
Jude is a chartered accountant with extensive commercial and international experience gained from a 30 year career with KPMG. Following his retirement he has developed extensive experience in the education sector. He is a governor of the City Academy, Hackney and of the City of London Academy, Southwark. Jude is a non-executive director of the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. He has a degree in biochemistry and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Director and Chief Executive – Sue Williamson
Sue Williamson is Director and Chief Executive of SSAT (The Schools Network) Ltd. She has worked in education for over thirty years, she was headteacher at Monks’ Dyke Technology College for eight years and under her leadership the college’s results went from 15% A*- C to 56%. Sue was Strategic Director and then Chief Executive of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust from 2002 – 2012. She has written extensively on education, including three pamphlets on personalising learning and system redesign. Sue has an honorary doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton in recognition of her work in school improvement.
SSAT (The Schools Network) Ltd is a private limited liability company incorporated to carry out the UK business of the old Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. The company operates with the same employees as the old SSAT and with the same broad educational objectives. Management and employees own the company shares – there are no external investors.
SSAT (The Schools Network) Limited, a company limited by shares, registered in England Company no. 8073410, Registered Office: 5th Floor, 142 Central Street London EC1V 8AR