Aspirant Headteachers Programme

Programme Information

The SSAT Aspirant Headteachers programme provides high-quality preparation for headship, equipping school leaders with practical strategies and training for both current and future roles.

Aspiring headteachers will join a national cohort and access the latest thinking about leadership and teaching. They will also develop the skills and competencies required to obtain their first headship and make is a success.

The programme consists of 10 course modules covering the key areas for the national standards for headteachers. Each module will be hosted virtually by one of the SSAT education team and include inputs from successful headteachers from across SSAT’s national network. As part of the programme participants will be expected to apply their learning and produce a short case study of practice. The programme concludes with a celebration event and opportunities for sharing practice across the cohort.

The programme includes supporting resources, reading and diagnostic tools accessed via a dedicated online platform.

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  • Readiness for headship
  • Increased confidence
  • Personal and professional development across a range of leadership competencies
  • Strategies for effective practice that can be implemented in your current role

Host information

Dr Dan Belcher, Senior Education Lead, SSAT

Dr Dan Belcher, SSAT

Dan leads on SSAT’s leadership programmes and has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering professional development for all career stages. Before joining SSAT in 2009 he was a senior leader and teacher of French and German. Dan enjoys working with individuals and teams to realise their goals and grow leadership capacity.

Module Information

Module 1: Leadership through moral purpose – Wednesday 20 October 2021

Module 2: School culture – Wednesday 17 November 2021

Module 3: Principled curriculum design – Wednesday 1 December 2021

Module 4: Principled assessment – Wednesday 8 December 2021

Module 5: Effective teaching and learning – Wednesday 19 January 2022

Module 6: Additional and special educational needs and disabilities – Wednesday 2 February 2022

Module 7: Quality assurance and managing performance – Wednesday 23 February 2022

Module 8: Professional learning and development – Wednesday 9 March 2022

Module 9: Leading school improvement and organisational management – Wednesday 23 March 2022

Module 10: Governance and accountability – Wednesday 27 April 2022

Celebration event and sharing practice – Wednesday 18 May 2022

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Start date:

Wednesday 20 October 2021
15.30 - 17.30


Ten course modules and celebration event delivered online over two terms


SSAT member cost: £1495
Non-member cost: £1795

All prices exclusive of VAT

Ideal for

Senior leaders that aspire to headship in all phases

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Contact us on 020 7802 0955 or by email.