Leaders For The Future Fast-Track

Programme Information

The SSAT Leaders for the Future (L4F) programme supports the growth and development of emerging leaders in all school phases and types.

The fast-track programme consists of 10 modules: five twilight webinars, plus five self-study online modules. Each module provides strong foundations for successful school leadership, developing leadership skills, knowledge and mindsets to increase impact in and beyond the classroom. The programme brings together a wealth of resources, research and practical strategies.

It is the perfect opportunity to build upon the SSAT Leadership Legacy Project (LLP) and for developing leaders across all school phases and types.

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


The programme focuses on developing leadership skills, knowledge and mindsets, which participants can use immediately to increase their impact beyond the classroom.

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


Webinars will take place from 3.30-5.30pm (2 hours)

Webinar 1: Leading yourself

Date: Monday 27 June 2022

Before you lead and manage others, you need to know and manage yourself effectively. This means developing emotional intelligence; understanding your own personality and seeking to understand others, considering how you communicate and how you are perceived by others.

Aims for the session:

  • Consider the importance of emotional intelligence for self-leadership and leadership of others
  • Reflect on your own personality and how this impacts your own leadership and those you lead
  • Understand and recognise different personality traits
  • Explore a range of communication styles and consider the implications for leadership
  • Reflect on the impact your behaviours and actions have on others and how you are perceived

Webinar 2: Leading vision and culture

Date: Monday 11 July 2022

This module explores the importance of establishing a clear vision and developing a culture to support learning. The session helps delegates to understand the fusion between vision and culture and the successful team behind its delivery.

Aims for the session:

  • Consider how to shape and communicate a compelling vision
  • Reflect on the school vision and your own vision for the work and teams you lead
  • Explore the importance of school culture

Webinar 3: Leading a team

Date: Monday 19 September 2022

This session explores the key elements of building and leading an effective team and how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of particular teams in delivering successful outcomes.

Aims for the session:

  • Explore characteristics and foundations of successful teams
  • Reflect upon what effective leaders of teams do and how they lead
  • Consider the stages of team development and what differentiates a team from a group
  • Identify team strengths and development areas

Webinar 4: Leading through coaching and mentoring

Date: Monday 3 October 2022

This session explores different approaches to supporting a colleague or leading a team. The session helps delegates to understand when best to use these approaches, strategies to implement and identify the potential risks.

Aims for the session:

  • Explore coaching, collaborative and mentoring techniques, applying them to workplace situations as appropriate
  • Identify how to select from a range of strategies to support and collaborate with colleagues
  • Apply effective communication skills when working with colleagues to achieve a goal.

Webinar 5: Leading for the long term

Date: Monday 17 October 2022

This module explores strategies for managing workload and personal well-being, as well as career aspirations and potential development pathways.

Aims for the session:

  • Become more efficient and manage time effectively
  • Explore strategies to manage stress and personal well-being
  • Consider different career paths and professional opportunities

Self-study online modules

The self-study online modules (6-10) can be accessed and completed flexibly to suit participant needs. Each module addresses a different aspect of leadership and includes a variety of resources and activities to support the development of attributes, skills and knowledge.

Module 6: Leading and influencing others

This module explores how leaders can develop a range of interpersonal skills and influencing styles to achieve success.

Content includes:

  • Tools and frameworks for successfully leading and influencing others
  • Strategies for engaging with a variety of stakeholders
  • Applying learning to project and teams you lead or work with.

Module 7: Leading effective meetings

This module explores the key elements of leading effective meetings.

Content includes:

  • Characteristics of effective and ineffective meetings
  • Setting agendas and chairing meetings
  • Strategies for managing conflict and challenging behaviours.

Module 8: Leading teaching and learning

This module explores the key elements of leading teaching and learning and an understanding of the importance of great teaching, assessment and evidence-informed pedagogy on young people’s education.

Content includes:

  • What makes great teaching
  • Principles underpinning assessment and evidence-based pedagogy
  • Strategies to improve progress for all pupils using the EEF Toolkit
  • Principles underpinning curriculum design.

Module 9: Leading with parents and partners

This module explores the importance of understanding the community that a school serves and how to develop effective partnerships with key stakeholders including parents.

Content includes:

  • Parental engagement and overcoming barriers
  • Identifying and engaging the school community
  • Wider partnerships and networks that support learning, progress and achievement.

Module 10: Leading for accountability

This module explores accountability in schools.

Content includes:

  • Accountable to whom? Internal and external accountabilities
  • Ofsted
  • Professional accountability

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Start date:

Monday 27 June 2022
3:30pm - 5:30pm


Five webinars, plus five self-study online modules


SSAT member cost: £1350
Non-member cost: £1650

All prices exclusive of VAT

Ideal for

High potential teachers in the early stages of their career

More info

Contact us on 020 7802 0955 or by email.