Leaders for the Future

Leaders for the future

SSAT’s Leaders for the Future programme inspires, retains and develops the next generation of emerging leaders and is aimed at teachers with leadership potential who are in the early stages of their career.

The programme focuses on developing leadership skills, knowledge and mindsets, which can be used to immediately increase the impact beyond the classroom. Applying these learnings by leading a school improvement project and this will be accredited for the modules completed.

The programme’s flexible modular structure allows you to tailor content to meet the professional development needs of your context, whether you are a single school, teaching school or multi-academy trust. Delivery partners can also market commercially to other schools to provide a source of income generation.

The programme builds solid foundations in leadership practice which can be further developed through SSAT programmes.

How does it work?

Using SSAT’s nationally recognised and quality assured materials, two teachers from your school will attend an online Train-the-Trainer event to become qualified trainers. They can then deliver the programme to a cohort of staff in your school or across your networks.

The launch session on 20 June 2022 offers enhanced networking with like-minded schools and sharing implementation strategies. Or if that doesn’t work, we can offer bespoke dates of your choosing at no extra cost.

Delivery Partner Support

SSAT is committed to supporting you to ensure you achieve all the benefits afforded by Partner status with SSAT. Included as part of this is:

  • Attendance on the online Train-the-trainer event
  • Ten fully resourced modules with trainer notes to enable in-house delivery.

Each module is designed as a two-hour training session and is ideally delivered as a twilight session or combined over a half or full day. The module content is not intended as a one size fits all approach as we recognise that no ‘off the shelf’ package will completely meet a school’s needs.

We encourage licence holders to tailor materials in a way that suits their context and schools may choose to select, adapt and add to the content.

Contact us today and learn how you can become a delivery partner. Simply call our dedicated advisors on 0207 802 0955 or contact us, or apply using the button below.

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Key facts


£1250 + £200 per module


£1825 + £300 per module




Monday 20 June 2022
On-demand – you decide!

Group sizes:

Deliver training to groups of up to 20 participants.

Minimum purchase five modules.

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Our aims for Leaders for the Future is investing in our highly ambitious staff to acknowledge hard work and commitment as well as developing the future leaders of our school through engaging with leadership theories and putting skills into practice.

Jen Lyons, Chorlton High School

Module 1: Leading yourself

Before you are able to 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

  • To consider the importance of emotional intelligence for self-leadership and leadership of others
  • To reflect on your own personality and consider how this impacts on both your own leadership and those you lead
  • To understand and recognise different personality traits
  • To explore a range of communication styles and consider the implications for leadership
  • To reflect on the impact your behaviours and actions have on others and how you are perceived.

Module 2: Leading Vision & Culture

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

  • To explore, formulate and communicate a clear vision
  • To articulate a personal vision and consider its impact upon the individual, the team and the school
  • To create the right culture and embed it across the school
  • To explore the key elements of building an effective team and their roles in leading a vision and culture.

Module 3: Leading a Team

This module explores the important qualities of building successful and effective teams. The session will also focus on the core principles of developing and delivering a successful whole-school project that will benefit the school community.

Aims for the session

To develop your personal and professional readiness for senior leadership through:

  • To explore the key elements of building an effective team
  • To reflect upon the roles of effective leaders of teams
  • To construct and deliver a successful project management plan.

Module 4: Leading and Influencing Others

Teachers in the early stages of their careers are often given departmental projects and whole-school initiatives to lead on, where they have no formal authority and therefore need to access a wide range of interpersonal skills and influencing styles to achieve success.

Leaders for the Future modules will tend to regularly have ideas for improving your school which you want to implement but struggle to get the buy-in of more senior colleagues.

Aims for the session

  • To enable participants to take a rational and analytical approach to understanding the needs and agendas of those around them
  • To help them to be strategic in influencing a range of different stakeholders.

Module 5: Leading Effective Meetings

This session explores the key elements of leading with parents and partners and how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of working together with parents and partners in delivering successful outcomes for children and young people. Furthermore, it aims to explore the key elements of effective relationships with parents and parental engagement in general.

Aims for the session

  • How to create effective meetings that are purposeful and engaging
  • How to develop strategies that manage conflicting views and help to reach agreement

Module 6: Leading Through Coaching & Mentoring

This session explores the different approaches that should be considered when 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

  • To identify coaching, collaborative and mentoring techniques, applying them to workplace situations as appropriate
  • To know and be able to select appropriately from a range of strategies on how to support and collaborate with colleagues
  • To apply effective communication skills when working with colleagues to achieve a goal.

Module 7: Leading Teaching & Learning

This module explores the core principles of curriculum design and the impact of great teaching and assessment on a successful school community. The session will help delegates to understand the importance of delivering a curriculum and learning experience that benefits learners.

Aims for the session

  • To develop a firm understanding of the principles underpinning assessment and evidence-based pedagogy
  • To understand strategies to improve progress for all pupils using the EEF Toolkit
  • To develop an understanding of the principles underpinning curriculum design.

Module 8: Leading with Parents & 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.

Aims for the session

  • To develop an understanding of what the school community is and why it is important to engage with all stakeholders across it
  • To consider how removing barriers to stakeholder engagement can improve student outcomes, achievement and experiences
  • To explore how working with others can improve pupil progress and pupil outcomes – eg other schools and academies, organisations, agencies.

Module 9: Leading for Accountability

This module explores the important issues around accountability in schools and academies and how these measures can be managed effectively to support the balance between improving performance and the quality of learning.

Aims for the session

  • To understand the different accountability pressures facing schools and academies
  • To reflect upon the need for accountability measures
  • To consider the impact of data and other measures used upon standards and workload
  • To explore different approaches to managing the accountabilities from within and outside of schools.

Module 10: Leading Yourself for the Long Term

Teaching requires both long-term and short-term strategies to ensure that teachers stay motivated, healthy and on top of their responsibilities. This module aims to help to think about how they can be effective now and how they can ensure they make the best personal choices about how they want to develop in the future.

Aims for the session

  • To become more efficient with their time
  • To understand stress
  • To be able to consider different career paths.

Criteria and Terms of Business:


Licensing of the Leaders for the Future programme is open to schools rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding. Licence applications will be considered on their merits and based on geographical coverage.

Group sizes

Deliver training to groups of up to 20 participants.


All modules will be accredited by SSAT. Participants will receive a certificate for modules successfully completed.

Intellectual property

SSAT has invested many years of experience and knowledge into developing the modules and accreditation. The materials provided to support the programme, including any case studies, are solely for the use of those trainers licensed to deliver the Leaders for the Future programme. All materials remain the intellectual property of SSAT and are protected by these rights.

The licence agreement and duration

The Leaders for the Future programme is licensed to schools on an annual renewal basis.

Licences for the next cohort will run for one year from the facilitator event. Any school delivering modules within this period must hold a licence. Schools will retain their status as a Leaders for the Future licence holder, subject to the school or academy continuing to meet the evaluation, quality assurance criteria and payment of the annual fee. Robust systems will be in place to ensure consistency of high-quality training.

Quality assurance

A robust quality assurance system ensures the high status of Leaders for the Future amongst schools nationally and provides validation of training standards for SSAT and its partners. Quality is assured through (but not limited to): a policy of continuous improvement, selection of licence holders and trainers, facilitator training events, ongoing evaluation and moderation. SSAT reserves the right to terminate the licence if expected standards or agreed terms are not being met.

Contact us today and learn how you can become a delivery partner. Simply call our dedicated advisors on 0207 802 0955 or contact us, or apply using the button below.

Apply today