High Performance Leadership

Join NASA, Philips and HSBC at SSAT’s most prestigious leadership programme

If school leaders are now responsible for multi-million pound budgets and for workforces on a par with major enterprises, isn’t it time we looked seriously at leadership habits to match?

How do the world’s most successful organisations “do” strategy, innovation, change and culture? How do we take the best of what they can teach us and harness it to supercharge our new, school-led system?

These are the questions we’ll be answering in SSAT’s leadership programme, High Performance Leadership, working with some of the world’s biggest names to help answer them. We will be drawing heavily on influential research among global leaders in different sectors.

How the programme works

This 15 month programme is comprised of six seminars, hosted by world leading organisations, and attendance at the SSAT National Conference.

Title Input from  Date Location
Setting the strategic vision and establishing a positive organisational culture
How to create a meaningful strategic vision that supports your journey to world class
Examine techniques used that establish positive organisational cultures
Understand how to implement and execute them within your own school
Learn to become a leader who inspires action
SSAT’s multi-national technology partner 18 October 2017 Hanover Street, London
SSAT National Conference (one day)
Engage in the education debate on key issues for school leaders
Learn from nationally and internationally recognised experts in the field both from within and beyond education
Participate in school-led workshops hosted by some of the country’s most successful and innovative schools
Keynotes and Practitioners 30 November 2017 Manchester
Leading under pressure
Explore how to make successful decisions under pressure
Examine techniques used to manage crises and learn to implement and execute them
Consider how good leaders make you feel safe
Develop Black Box thinking
Leave the session better prepared to manage volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity
TBC January 2018 Birmingham
Innovation – securing success through creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset
Explore innovation and creativity and develop an entrepreneurial mindset Examine problem solving techniques
Learn how to promote intrapreneurship within your school
Develop intelligent disobedience
Leave the session better prepared to challenge orders, voice unpopular opinions and become different
TBC April 2018 London
Creating and leading high performing teams
Explore how you can create a culture of high performance and sustainable results through building strong teams
Examine how failures can become powerful learning opportunities that drive future strategies for success
Better understand the key ingredients of high performing teams
Develop leadership capacity and accelerate school improvement
Maggie Alphonsi MBE, English rugby player and Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year in 2010 June 2018 Birmingham
Leading change and managing risk
Explore leading change and managing risk, two skills that are increasingly important in an uncertain and changing world
Explore how you can lead change more successfully, from concept to completion – ensuring that good ideas become embedded practice
Consider positive mindsets and strategies for assessing, taking and mitigating risk
Become better placed to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future
TBC September 2018 London
Creating a culture of success
This final session brings the programme to a crescendo with a NASA astronaut
Explore how to create a culture of success in which the impossible becomes, not just possible, but a reality
Be inspired to lead your school to new heights and gain insider learning into the universe’s most pioneering organisation
NASA Astronaut November 2018 Oxford


  • Lessons from the world’s highest performing organisations
  • Academic support and reflection to define the learnings for your own leadership context
  • Behind the scenes visits to major enterprises
  • Build a support network among the CEOs and executive heads who will be your fellow delegates
  • Join a powerful and supportive professional network of leaders
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In order to showcase the best variety of leadership practice and school contexts all of our programmes are run at venues across the country. For example, recent programmes have included venues based in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, Chester and Coventry. The programme is also subject to change dependent on the needs of delegates.

Delegates are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses for all events.

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Start date
October 2017

15 months

Seven events

Ideal for
Headteachers, Executive headteachers or CEOs

£4,000 for members
£6,000 for non-members
Prices exclusive of VAT

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