Student and Pupil Leadership Accreditation

SSAT has developed both the Student Leadership Accreditation (SLA) for secondary and Pupil Leadership Accreditation (PLA) for primary to be an innovative way of formally recognising students’ leadership skills, encompassing all activities students are engaged in whether it’s in the classroom, across the school, or in the wider community.

Student Leadership Accreditation

The SLA offers a formal way to champion and celebrate the leadership skills our secondary students develop in and out of school, requiring students to create a portfolio in which they gather and upload evidence to showcase their skills. They grade their work using a self-assessment framework that covers ten core skill sets, grouped into three themes:

  • Developing myself
  • Working with others
  • Contributing to my community

Schools can either use the pre-designed criteria or develop their own school-specific criteria, with guidance from SSAT, using the principle grid.

The Accreditation Process

There are three steps to the accreditation process:

  1. Self-assessment against graded criteria
  2. Evidence collation and portfolio creation
  3. Moderation and accreditation

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The SLA is benefit included in all SSAT membership types – you are able to accredit as many students as eligible within your membership.

SSAT Members

Download the SLA Schools Introduction and apply for SLA to receive a starter kit containing all the documents you need to set up the SLA in school tomorrow!

Non-members

The price for non-members is £500+VAT for a year’s licence.

If you become an SSAT member you will have access to SSAT’s Student Leadership accreditation plus other membership benefits. Read more about SSAT Membership.

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Development of the Student Leadership Accreditation

Ringwood School, a National Teaching Academy in Hampshire, trialed the scheme and found it of great benefit.

We leapt at the idea, one of the real benefits is the way it recognises students’ extra-curricular activities. When pupils get to the 6th form they can use their folders for their UCAS personal statements and take them to interviews. It’s a way of showing their wider learning. Employers and universities like to see evidence of commitment, enthusiasm and passion, not just for the academic.
Margaret Olive, Assistant Head and head of student voice and community

It’s really helpful to collate all your skills and achievements in one place, along with the evidence you have collected to support it all.
Year 13 student Jenny Baldwin, one of Ringwood’s SLA mentors

I went for an interview for a summer job. The interviewer wasn’t interested in my CV and references, he wanted me to talk him through my Student Leadership Accreditation portfolio. And yes, I got the job!
Year 12 student George Whittingham


Pupil Leadership Accreditation

The PLA offers a formal way to champion and celebrate the leadership skills our primary students develop in and out of school, requiring students to create a portfolio in which they gather and upload evidence to showcase their skills. They grade their work using a self-assessment framework that covers ten core skill sets, grouped into three themes:

  • Developing myself
  • Working with others
  • Contributing to my community

Schools can either use the pre-designed criteria or develop their own school-specific criteria, with guidance from SSAT, using the principle grid.

The Accreditation Process

There are three steps to the accreditation process:

  1. Self-assessment against graded criteria
  2. Evidence collation and portfolio creation
  3. Moderation and accreditation

Sign up

The PLA is benefit included in all SSAT membership types – you are able to accredit as many students as eligible within your membership.

SSAT Members

Download the PLA schools introduction and apply for PLA to receive a starter kit containing all the documents you need to set up the PLA in school tomorrow.

Non-members

The price for non-member’s is £500+VAT for a year’s licence.

If you become an SSAT member you will have access to SSAT’s Pupil Leadership accreditation plus other membership benefits. Read more about SSAT Membership.

Book now


Student Leadership Ambassador School

SSAT Student Leadership Ambassador School status is awarded to schools who have successfully run a cohort of students through the student leadership accreditation.

Ambassadors demonstrate a commitment to developing student leadership in their own school and champion the use of the SLA as a tool for doing so by sharing their experience and advice with the SSAT network.


Central Foundation Girls’ School
An 11-16 girls school who use the SLA to boost students’ confidence and embed leadership skills in the culture of the school.


Doukas School
An all-through school in Greece who use the SLA to build ‘Knowledge, Skills and Values’, helping students in their futures beyond the school.


If you are embarking on the student leadership accreditation and would like to be put in touch with an ambassador school please contact us – adviseme@ssatuk.co.uk