Leaders for the Future

Deliver in-school leadership training to your teachers and across your wider networks

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 participants can use immediately to increase their impact beyond the classroom. Participants apply their learning by leading a school improvement project and will be accredited for the modules they complete.

How does it work?

Using SSAT’s 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.

Included in the member price is attendance on the online Train-the-trainer event for two people and a licence for one year of delivery (£1,250). There are ten course modules with supporting materials (with a minimum delivery of five modules at £200 per module).

Supporting materials

  1. Leading yourself
  2. Leading vision and culture
  3. Leading a team
  4. Leading and influencing others
  5. Leading effective meetings
  6. Leading through coaching and mentoring
  7. Leading teaching and learning
  8. Leading with parents and partners
  9. Leading for accountability
  10. Leading yourself for the long term

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. Modules are fully resourced and come with PowerPoint presentations, trainer notes and materials. 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.

Find out more about each module and session aims.

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‘Train-the-Trainer’ session

This session is delivered online on demand.

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SSAT Member
£1250+VAT (Annual licence fee) + £200 per module delivered for SSAT-member schools

£1500+VAT (Annual licence fee) + £240 per module delivered for non-SSAT-member schools

The cost includes one day of training for two delegates and the delivery of a minimum of five modules. Up to four additional people can attend the training day at a cost of £75+VAT per person.



What do previous participants say?

“This course and the skills have enabled me to begin to make some meaningful whole-school impact across key stages.”
Jonathan Evans, Manley Park Primary School

“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

“As a school we could be leaders in this field with something that we can be proud to have developed and be delivering.”
Kieran Halliwell, Manchester Hospital School

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Leading vision and culture
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The cost effective, time-saving way to grow your own leaders

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 the NPQML training programme delivered by SSAT.


SSAT Member
£1250+VAT (Annual licence fee) + £200 per module delivered for SSAT-member schools

£1500+VAT (Annual licence fee) + £240 per module delivered for non-SSAT-member schools

The cost includes one day of training for two delegates and the delivery of the minimum five modules. Up to four additional people can attend the training day at a cost of £75+VAT per person.

As part of the licence agreement, all licenced partners are expected to deliver at least five modules over the course of the year and will be billed in advance for this when booking. Licensed partners are required to inform SSAT of any planned additional delivery.

Any questions?

For more information on becoming an SSAT delivery partner please get in touch.

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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.

SSAT leadership programmes offer routes to achieving Masters Accreditation through a 30 CAT points exemption from University of Nottingham course modules. This is applicable for participants completing at least five course modules and SSAT Lead Practitioner Accreditation. Delegates pursuing this route will be expected to complete a school improvement impact study; this can be used as evidence towards Lead Practitioner status.

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. 

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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.

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