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SSAT Primary Conference 2021

Online / 6 July 2021

Embracing opportunity: ensuring a strong future for all primary pupils

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been diverse and substantial in a range of ways for our school communities. We are at an important juncture with our plans for moving forward as we strive to achieve our ambitions for all our children. This year’s SSAT primary conference is focused on how we can embrace the opportunity to build on our success from the period of partial school closures and take action to guarantee every primary pupil their right for a secure and strong future.

During the morning, we will explore the impact of the pandemic on the needs of our pupils both at a national and regional level and, through case studies from SSAT member schools, consider how our experiences over the last 15 months can shape and strengthen leadership, learning and our communities.

What can you expect from the conference?

This interactive session includes contributions from schools across the SSAT network as well as virtual roundtable discussions to enable all delegates to meet, identify key issues and share insights and practise. Delegates will leave the morning inspired and equipped to continue their work with their peers, staff and communities immediately and beyond, towards a successful future.

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This was a very well lead conference with some knowledgeable and passionate speakers. It is often hard to pick this up in virtual meetings but it came across with a strong sense of moral purpose.

Meet your Speakers

Sue Williamson, CEO, SSAT

Sue joined SSAT in 2002 and focused on leadership and innovation. She worked with Professor David Hargreaves on the personalising learning agenda, and developed SSAT’s suite of leadership programmes. She was Headteacher of Monks’ Dyke Technology College for eight years. She is trustee of two MATs and Chair of Governing Board at Melbourn Village College.

Laura Burton, Senior Education Lead (Primary), SSAT

Laura joined SSAT in 2019 as a Senior Education Lead for the Primary Network. She has worked in a diverse range of primary schools as a senior leader and has also worked for her local authority. Laura is passionate about enabling meaningful collaboration to share best practice and empowering schools to refine their practice.

Rebekah Lyall, Phase Leader, Gatley Primary School

Rebekah Lyall is a Phase Leader at Gatley Primary School and responsible for curriculum design and delivery. Gatley Primary School, part of the Education Learning Trust, is an expanding two-form entry school, located on the outskirts of Stockport. Gatley Primary maintains high expectations for each child in every aspect of their work – captured by their underlying school mission statement – ‘Enjoying Learning and Achieving Together’.

Primary Membership

Become a member of SSAT for only £419+VAT and the cost of this conference is FREE along with many other events and conferences throughout the year. Access a wealth of free information, insights and resources throughout the year not to mention a portfolio of other benefits.

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Date and time:

Tuesday 6 July 2021 9:15am - 12:30pm


SSAT members: Free Non-members: £285
All prices exclusive of VAT



Who is it for?

  • Executive Head
  • Head Teacher
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Senior Practitioner
  • Practitioner