SSAT School Improvement

Where are you on your journey to becoming a great school? At SSAT, we know teachers and leaders in every school are striving to overcome different challenges to deliver a world class learning experience for the children they serve. We offer flexible in-school support, training and coaching in all areas of school improvement including self-evaluation, leadership effectiveness, high-quality teaching and learning, accountability and data best practice and principled curriculum design.

Our school improvement solutions are built around the ten strands of the SSAT Framework for Exceptional Education (FfEE) which is designed to support you with the process of self-review and strategic development planning.

Register your interest to discuss your options for bespoke consultancy and CPD that puts your priorities first.

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School improvement stories

Read our School improvement stories series of blog posts.

15 steps to transformation

Your first headship being the fourth appointee as principal in three years is quite a challenge, as Katie Scott explains.

Creating the right ethos for teaching and learning improvement

Melanie Davies, Senior Lead Practitioner, Newmarket Academy, shows how the lead practitioner role has helped to move her school from special measures to good, and to make increasingly valuable contributions to the MAT.

All teachers and TAs get involved in checking for consistency

Mark Barrett, Deputy Headteacher, Kingsmeadow School, describes the work of their rolling consistency working parties.

A year from RI to good…

… with outstanding leadership, said Ofsted. Stuart Smith, principal of Hastings Academy, an 11-16 school in the University of Brighton Academies Trust, gives some highlights of their successful approach to school improvement.

Overcoming special measures through curriculum, quality of teaching and culture

‘No badge yet’, but Simon Wade, principal, Beckfoot Upper Heaton School, delves into the staff and student contributions that give great cause for confidence in the school’s future.

Rising above a carping inspection report

How a West Midlands school progressed from special measures to ‘good’ in under two years – starting with a focus on teaching and learning, and behaviour.

Rising above a carping inspection report (part two)

How a West Midlands school progressed from special measures to ‘good’ in under two years. In part two, we look at how in the process it defined a much broader vision of what a good school can be.

Our 7 steps from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’

Douglas Greig, Headteacher, Plumstead Manor School, writes: my first headship, facing a significant budget deficit, falling roll, battered reputation and deflated staff morale meant that the challenge was on

SSAT Self-evaluation support

We offer a suite of audit and accreditation tools to support you with school improvement planning. Designed to assess and challenge your current practice whilst offering practical pathways to reach the next level.

Whole school

Focused support

SSAT Coaching

Introduce and develop coaching skills and empower the teachers and leaders in your school with SSAT’s coaching services.

Encouraging a culture of coaching will help leaders in your school as they explore different approaches to driving improvement, leading change, developing others and other aspects of their roles, so that they can secure the best possible outcomes for students.

With options for face-to-face or online delivery, SSAT’s coaching services include one to one coaching sessions, in-school training programmes and coaching audits to help you embed coaching practices across your school. Whatever your context or phase of education, we will work with you to establish your specific requirements and develop a package that is right for you.

SSAT Building the Capacity of Your Senior Leadership Team Programme

This school-based programme is designed to build and strengthen both individual and team capacity, helping to ensure that every member of a school’s/academy’s senior leadership team is sufficiently well supported and appropriately challenged. The programme runs over the course of two terms using a combination of team workshops and one to one coaching to get to the heart of your team’s specific needs.

SSAT Consultancy

We offer full in-school support and consultancy to help identify the areas which require focus and prioritisation in your school or multi-academy trust. Get an objective evaluation of your school’s specific requirements, identify focus areas and access the right tools, advice, resources and programmes for improvement.

SSAT Professional development modules

Get the most out of your PD days and twilight sessions with our flexible training modules. With modules covering teaching and learning, leadership and curriculum, you can ensure your training is not only of the highest quality and backed up by rigorous research, but is also built by you in line with your needs.

SSAT Resources

SSAT offer a wide range of publications and resources to support you and your school, whether it be subject-specific support, guidance for Ofsted inspections or tools for INSET and PD days.

In-school training

Bespoke inset days

We can help you to prioritise, plan and deliver inset days for maximum impact and value. Choose from our range of CPD options and areas of expertise, including our ready-to-deliver in-school training options below.

Register your interest below and we’ll contact you about your preferred method of in-school training.

SSAT Governance training

Enhance the expertise of your governors and help to increase understanding of their specific responsibilities. This training is delivered in your school to match your unique priorities, and will help your governors to stay up to date with the key educational issues on the horizon, further understand school performance tracking and ensure you’re always Ofsted-ready.

SSAT Teaching and Learning Improvement Programme

The SSAT Teaching and Learning Improvement programme will help you and your staff build the foundations for improvement and provide the inspiration required to achieve your goals. Timed flexibly to suit your school’s needs but ideally phased over the course of approximately one term, we will work with you through this intensive programme to identify your strengths and priorities to help raise the standard of teaching and learning across your school.

Contact us to get started on your SSAT school improvement journey