SSAT Building the Capacity of Your Senior Leadership Team Programme

Be strong, believe, be better

SSAT’s new intensive package of support and training for your senior leadership team.


Every school needs a strong, highly skilled team of senior leaders working alongside the headteacher to inspire, lead and sustain improvement.

Every senior leader working in the current educational landscape is subject to considerable scrutiny and pressure to raise standards and ensure a quality learning experience for all students.

How can school leaders ensure that every member of their senior leadership team is sufficiently well supported and appropriately challenged so that they can:

  • be strong, confident, sharply focused and principled as individuals and as a team?
  • believe that though they may encounter significant challenge they can make a difference that positively impacts progress, achievement and culture?
  • be better leaders of strategic change, better equipped to sustain improvement and develop others?

Provide each of your senior leaders with the opportunity to develop effective leadership competencies and enhance their leadership skill set through coaching and collaboration.

How the programme works
This intensive programme is designed to build individual and team capacity.

Timed flexibly to suit the needs of your school, the programme is ideally phased over two terms, with training and coaching sessions delivered in-school.

Each participating school will have access to 15 one-hour coaching sessions and 6 training sessions for their senior leadership team.

A typical programme would involve:

Stage 1
School context, review and priorities

Stage 2
Learning culture and orientation

Stage 3
Leading change

Stage 4
Leading as a high performing team

Stage 5
Data-driven school improvement

Stage 6
Sustaining moral and ethical leadership

Final stage
Reflection, evaluation and celebration


Who should take part?
The programme has been designed for secondary school and academy senior leadership teams.

If you are part of a MAT or local authority and feel this programme is right for a group of your schools, get in touch.

Primary and special schools are also encouraged to contact us to discuss whether this programme is suitable for their senior leaders.

Register your interest in the SSAT Building the Capacity of Your Senior Leadership Team Programme to discuss your priorities and find out more about how SSAT can help you and your team achieve your goals.