SSAT Leadership Legacy Project

At SSAT we have made a moral commitment to support the development of the next generation of system leaders. The SSAT Leadership Legacy Project is a benefit for members of the SSAT’s Secondary, Primary and Special School Networks and we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity by nominating one of your teachers to take part in becoming a Leadership Fellow.

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Start Date

Launch event
October 2024


Year-long initiative consisting of online and face-to-face meetings.


SSAT members: Free
Non-members: N/A


Nominations open:
3 June 2024

Nominations deadline:
20 September 2024

What is the SSAT Leadership Legacy Project?

The project is a year-long initiative and has been set up to develop teachers who have been identified by their headteacher as having the potential to become outstanding leaders.

The fellows have access to a range opportunities both online and face-to-face, including events, shadowing opportunities, resources and networking meetings.

The launch event will take place online in October 2024 and will be followed by a series of activities throughout the year including three peer group meetings, plus there will be a range of other activities available during the academic year.

As this is a benefit of SSAT membership for eligible members*, the only costs your school will incur are related to time, travel and accommodation. A large proportion of activities will take place online this year, and will be scheduled after classroom hours, to make them as accessible as possible.

Programme Outline

  • Online launch event October 2024
  • Three peer group meetings across the year – working with an experienced practicing school leader. The first meeting will aim be face to face as part of a visit to the Experienced Leader’s school, the subsequent two will be held online. Meetings will include reflections on what has been learnt so far, personal insights from the Experienced Leader and their SLT and support for the ongoing core activities.
  • View/Read curated content throughout the year and engage in subsequent online discussion.
  • Two online webinars exclusively for LLP participants.
  • Submission of a written think piece which evidences their developing practice as a teaching professional; this should be of benefit to the school and be research-based.


By the end of the project, the Leadership Fellows will:

  • form their vision for education and shape their educational principles
  • gain an in-depth understanding of the current education system
  • consider different leadership models and the skills required to succeed
  • undertake wider reading
  • spend time with highly successful educators
  • submit a written think piece which evidences their developing practice as a teaching professional.

Case Studies

Encouraging integration, respect and diversity
Learn more about the Leadership Legacy Project with this case study by Roisin Morrison, Chorlton High School.

Download Secondary Case Study

Creating a formal mentoring process in a special school
Dianne Propsting, Perseid School, describes the rationale, ongoing research, implementation and signs of success of mentoring trainee teachers in SEND.

Download SEND Case Study

An impact report based on a progressive grammar scheme
Emma Hart, South Rise Primary, delivers an impact report based on a progressive grammar scheme created to give children the confidence to push the limits of their vocabulary.

Download Primary Case Study

Who can take part?

Candidates must be qualified teachers and, if working in a mainstream primary or secondary school, should be within their first 2-5 years of teaching. We recognise that due to the specialised setting, candidates from special schools may have been teaching for longer. All candidates should have been identified as having the potential to become an outstanding leader and be demonstrating the skills to become future outstanding system leaders.
Making a nomination

Nominations for the 2024-25 cohort will open in the week commencing 3 June 2024. Headteachers can make one nomination for the project as part of their school’s SSAT membership benefits, additional nominations can be made at a cost £545+VAT per place.

If their nomination is successful, the headteacher will receive a confirmation email and the nominee will receive a separate email with further information about the online launch event in October 2024.

*Only schools holding a full SSAT Network membership are eligible for this benefit. Schools reduced package memberships may purchase places at the cost of £545+VAT per place.

The Leadership Legacy Project is exclusively for SSAT members.
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