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.

 Event  Title  Date Location 
 One Leadership, Vision, Culture and Stakeholder Engagement Autumn 2017 TBC
 Two SSAT National Conference (one day) 30 November 2017 Manchester
 Three  Developing Teaching and Teachers  Spring 2018 TBC
 Four Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Spring 2018 TBC
 Five  Learning and Achievement Summer 2018 TBC

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.


  • 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


Start date 
Autumn 2017 – The 2016/7 cohort is now fully booked, the next cohort will open for bookings in spring 2017.

Five events, including four one-day school visits and one-day attendance at the National Conference.

Ideal for
Heads and senior leaders

Email leadership@ssatuk.co.uk or call 01823 446 974

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