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, and SSAT expert inputs on topics such as curriculum, data and policy. 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 Ofsted 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 one:
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

Date and location:

7 November 2017 – Meols Cop High School, Southport

Event two:
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

Date and location:

30 November 2017 – Manchester Central

Event three:
Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability

  • Designing a principled curriculum: curriculum intent and curriculum implementation
  • Assessment driven by curriculum
  • Data, systems and processes to support teaching and learning
  • Negotiating the accountability system

Date and location:

1 February 2018 – Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, Essex

Event four:
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

Date and location:

8 March 2018 – Rushey Mead Academy, Leicester

Event five:
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

Date and location:

14 June 2018 – Tudor Grange Academy, Solihull


  • 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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