Leading Outstanding Schools

Do you want new ideas for your school?

Through visits to four outstanding schools from across the country you will be exposed to innovative and successful models of school leadership. This programme will challenge your perceptions of what is possible and facilitate strategic school improvement through insight, reflection and planning using SSAT’s Framework for Exceptional Education. Participating schools can opt to send different colleagues to events in order to share the learning.

How the programme works

Starting with an audit of your own approach, the programme takes your leadership through a systematic, theme-by-theme challenge over four one-day events.  Each session will be hosted in a different outstanding school and will include the opportunity to look behind the scenes, drill down more deeply into a vital element of the school’s leadership and draw out the lessons you can apply to your own institution.

 Title Date Location 
Leadership, Vision, Culture and Stakeholder Engagement
Leadership through moral purpose
Ensuring the school vision and culture permeate all you do
Engagement with parents, community and business
Tuesday 7 November 2017 Meols Cop High School, Southport
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
30 November 2017 Manchester
Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability
Designing a principled curriculum
Assessment driven by curriculum
Data, systems and processes to support teaching and learning
Negotiating the accountability system
Thursday 1 February 2018 Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, Essex
Developing Teaching and Teachers
Recruitment and ITT
Developing a professional learning environment and a culture of reflection
Using evidence research to improve teaching and learning
Developing a range of teaching approaches
8 March 2018 Rushey Mead Academy, Leicester
Learning and Achievement
Creating a Climate for Learning and Effective Learning Behaviours
Student support intervention and narrowing gaps
Student Leadership and Student Voice
Safeguarding; spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; and British Values
June 2018 TBC


  • Go behind the scenes in the country’s highest performing schools
  • Consider a wide variety of routes to outstanding
  • Thorough, theme by theme examination of your leadership priorities
  • Introducing the new Framework for Exceptional Education
  • Build a support network among the high flying heads who will be your fellow delegates
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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 
Tuesday 7 November 2017

One year

Five events, including four one-day school visits and one-day attendance at SSAT’s National Conference in 2017.

Ideal for
Headteachers and senior leaders in secondary mainstream schools

£1,200 for members
£1,800 for non-members
Prices exclusive of VAT

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