Our journey

SSAT’s work in helping transform education in England started in 1987.

Back then our role was to support and nurture the first City Technology Colleges – the initiative that first proved the value of employers and schools working together to drive up standards. As specialist schools and then the first academies came into being, our brief was extended to supporting them as well. That work, underpinned by our ‘by schools, for schools’ ethos, laid the foundations for many of our activities today…the innovative leadership and teacher CPD programmes, the commitment to thought leadership and research and, of course, the network of school leaders and innovative teachers which still drives all that we do.

For twenty-five years our work was largely government-funded. In 2012 that funding ended and we changed our status. As a limited company we are now independent of government – and proud of it – but still as committed as ever to changing education by encouraging innovation and collaboration between schools.