Leading Outstanding Special Schools


If you and your colleagues are determined to get your school to ‘outstanding’, the biggest boost comes from looking outside your own school and learning from leaders who have already guided their schools to outstanding.

Outstanding schools excel at what they do, not just occasionally, but for a high percentage of the time. Nothing is a barrier to achievement. Pupils are put first and strong values and high expectations are applied every day, outstanding schools provide consistently outstanding teaching, rich opportunities for learning and they invest heavily in their staff development and communities. Many of our special schools are now at least good. For these schools, the challenge is to get every pupil to achieve.

This programme will take delegates to outstanding schools in the network and explore how they reached such an advanced level, how they sustain that level, and how they progress even further. There will also be chance to attend a day of the SSAT National Conference .

How the programme works

Event  Title   Date  Location 
One Outstanding leadership and management 28 September 2017 St Giles School, Surrey
Two SSAT National Conference 30 November 2017 Manchester
Three Outstanding teaching and learning 26 January 2018 Perseid School, Surrey
Four Personalisation and well-being March 2018 TBC
Five Outstanding achievement June 2018 TBC


  • Learn new strategies to lead your school towards outstanding status
  • Inspire your leadership practice to achieve and maintain an outstanding Ofsted
  • Develop your own school vision through visiting leading schools to see best practice in action
  • Network nationally with like-minded colleagues and share school improvement strategies



Start date
28 September 2017
The 2016 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 – all in one academic year.

Ideal for
Special school headteachers and school leaders

Email for enquiries 
leadership@ssatuk.co.uk or 01823 446 974

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