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.

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Our solutions and expertise

All of our education experts and consultants are highly experienced as senior leaders or advisers with expertise in primary, secondary, post-16 and special education. Specialist areas include leadership and management, accountability, teaching and learning and curriculum. We can work with you to identify areas that require focus and prioritisation, building a bespoke consultancy package or intervention to match your specific needs.

Whether you’re a classroom practitioner with leadership potential, a senior leader aspiring to headship, or a CEO who wants to develop their expertise, our leadership expertise will help you expand your career opportunities and provide you with the skills and mindsets to lead your school to excellence. Our approach to teaching and learning improvement encourages collaboration and shaping language, practices and habits across your school to help secure the best outcomes for children. Our accountability and data knowledge will help you to ensure that you’re always aware of your key requirements and measures, and always prepared for inspection.  And in a system where principled curriculum design is more important than ever, our curriculum consultancy will help your teachers and leaders design and deliver a curriculum that is personalised for each and every child.

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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 Coaching

Develop skills and proficiency and empower the teachers and leaders in your school with SSAT’s one-to-one coaching service. Coaching will give you an additional new approach to driving improvement, securing the best possible outcomes for your students. Whatever your context or phase of education, we will work with you to establish your specific requirements and scope. Delivered in-school with you or your selected members of staff, your SSAT Coach will provide a series of flexible one-to-one sessions designed to focus solely on your priorities and unlock you and your staff’s potential.

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.

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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.

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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.

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SSAT Non-Specialist Maths, Science and English

Tackle recruitment and retention issues in your school and develop your NQTs and teachers of other subjects into highly skilled non-specialist maths, science and English teachers. This in-school training will focus on your teachers’ subject and pedagogy knowledge to enable them to teach with confidence, produce inspiring and engaging learning activities and make accurate assessments of student progress.

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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.

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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.

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