Leading a Successful Teaching School

Teaching schools play a key role in the vision for a self-improving schools system.

Most leaders of teaching schools come from a teaching background, so may have little prior experience of marketing, project management, finance, recruitment and many of the other functions that are central to running a successful teaching school.

This training programme is designed to provide practical training in these areas for those leading teaching schools, equipping them to be even more effective in their roles.

How the programme works

The programme includes five one day events over the course of the year. Three of the events are hosted in established teaching schools and are complemented by an event hosted by SSAT staff and one day attendance at SSAT’s National Conference. The blended model combines the best of SSATs Teaching Schools Network expertise with specialist inputs from SSAT.

Participants will also benefit from access to additional resources, inter-sessional activities and recommended reading to support learning.


  • Sharpen the vision for your teaching school alliance(s)
  • Learn practical strategies and skills to help you in your role
  • Build strong collaborative networks with other teaching school leads across the country
    Event Session Title and Content  Location and Date 
    One Establishing and delivering the vision for your teaching school  
    Canons Park TSA and Harrow Collegiate TSA
    Developing your vision and mission as a teaching school
    Creating structures and capacity to deliver the vision
    Establishing yourself within the local, regional and national context of teaching schools
    Developing a sustainable model – access to funding sources and generating income
    Research and development – the forgotten strand
    Two SSAT National Conference
    Leading: Making the impossible possible
    Three School-led initial teacher training and building strong strategic partnerships    
    Leading ITT (PGCE, Schools Direct, SCITT) – recruitment, selection and quality assurance
    Brokering partnerships universities
    Building strong strategic alliances with partners
    Engaging teaching school alliance members to ensure the benefits are experienced by all
    Working cooperatively with other alliances rather than in competition
    Four Building professional expertise to power-up the impact of your teaching school  
    SSAT Experts
    Brand identity and communication strategies
    Promoting and marketing your teaching school alliance offer
    Effective project management and budget setting
    Designing professional development programmes
    Accessing SSAT support for teaching school alliances
    Five Leading school improvement and professional development for teachers and leaders  
    Recruiting and developing specialists, local and national leaders in education
    Developing a tailored provision to meet the needs of alliance members and beyond
    Talent management – identifying and developing the best teachers and leaders
    Leading school to school support – building trust and demonstrating impact


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.


Start date
The 2016 cohort is now fully booked. The next cohort will be running in autumn 2017.

One year

Five events

Ideal for
All those responsible to leading and supporting the work of teaching schools

or 01823 446 974

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