SSAT Primary Network Innovation and Impact Days

SSAT Primary Network Member School Visits

Hosted and led by members of the SSAT Primary Network, this is a great chance to visit, network, learn and share best practice.

We are delighted to confirm attendance of Apple Distinguished Educators at the innovation and impact events. They will be sharing their stories about the real impact technology has made in their schools and beyond, and be available during the day.

Read more about Apple Distinguished Educators

Daniel Edwards
Director of Digital Strategy at Stephen Perse Foundation schools, Cambridge, UK. Daniel has taught physical education for over a decade and was previously a Director of Sport in a boys grammar school in High Wycombe. Daniel implemented 1-to-1 device programmes for both of these schools and his current role centres around curriculum design and effective use of technology for learning. As an Apple Distinguished Educator and Apple Education Trainer, Daniel regularly speaks at conferences and runs professional development programmes for teachers and school leaders.

Greg Hughes
Greg is Vice Principal: Learning Technologies & Curriculum at The de Ferrers Academy, responsible for the highly successful 1:1 iPad programme and the Apple Regional Training Centre, as well as digital strategy, e-safety and ICT integration across the schools of The de Ferrers Trust. He is one of the Apple Distinguished Educator Advisory Board members and regularly delivers workshops and keynotes on primary and secondary leadership and educational technology. Greg has previously been a Head of Physics and Assistant Science College Director and in 2005, he received the Salters Horners A-level Physics Teacher of the Year award. Follow him on Twitter: @deepexperience1

Michelle Thomas
Michelle is Executive Headteacher at Grazebrook Federation. She leads the Grazebrook Federation in North London made up of Grazebrook Primary, Shacklewell Primary and partnered with Woodberry Down Community Primary School. At its most recent OFSTED inspection, Grazebrook Primary School was awarded outstanding. Michelle has led the implementation of the innovative iPad programme across the federation to enhance and transform learning for students. The Grazebrook Federation is an Apple Regional Training Centre and develops teacher trainees through the New Wave Education Teaching School Alliance.


If you’re interested in attending one of these visits, please contact the school directly to book your place.

Date School Contact Name/Details Programme Apple Distinguished Educator
Wednesday 27th June 2018 Highgate Primary Academy – Rotherham Please book via Eventbrite or email 9.30 – 14.30 Greg Hughes

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At Highgate we not only have high expectations for academic learning, but we also pride ourselves on developing well-rounded, happy, successful human beings for life.  This is why ‘Eight Steps to Success’ are at the heart of everything we do. Daily, our curriculum design encourages children to focus on the following steps: Don’t give up, Try new things, Work Hard, Understand Others, Concentrate, Improve, Imagine and Push Yourself. Join us on Wednesday 27th June 2018 to find out more about how this works in practice across the curriculum, seeing in action:

  • Real life, creative learning experiences
  • Preparation for future careers, aspirations and technologies
  • The development of thinking skills through ‘Philosophy for Children’
  • Exploration of high quality books that explore important themes
  • Collaborative learning structures built into lessons
  • A through-school approach, with problem-solving skills developed from Nursery
  • The culmination of this whole-school learning in the ‘Highgate Difference Awards’: a challenge for all Year 6s proving how they have developed the school’s ‘Eight Steps to Success’

Past events

Date School Contact Name/Details Programme Apple Distinguished Educator
Wednesday 11th October 2017 Woodberry Down Primary School – London 9.00-14.00 Greg Hughes

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Woodberry Down is part of the New Wave Federation- a close knit triumvirate family of schools. Through collaboration and commitment to a shared vision we continue to grow and improve together,creating exciting and vibrant learning communities.

At Woodberry Down, we embrace modern teaching and learning approaches which will improve the life chances of all pupils. In recent years, our success and dedication to progress has helped Woodberry Down attain both national and international recognition as a beacon school in many key areas such as digital learning and an enriched global curriculum. We hold Apple Distinguished School Status and are a Model School for Read Write Inc (RWI). It is also the home of the North London Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC).

Woodberry Down prides itself on being a stimulating, creative and modern learning hub. We excite pupils and seek to bolster their passion for learning. We set high expectations in all areas for our pupils. Children are consistently challenged and are taught to be aware of how to achieve and make progress in learning.

We value the opportunity to introduce you to Woodberry Down with SSAT. We are confident you will find it highly impressive academically and also a school where excellent standards of behaviour and wellbeing are given the highest priority to ensure our children are equipped with the skills for their futures.

Date School Contact Name/Details Programme Apple Distinguished Educator
Wednesday 7th March 2018 Woodland View Primary School – Northampton 9.30am – 2.00pm Michelle Thomas

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Come along and find out about what makes our school so special. You are most welcome to visit our high achieving school where staff go the extra mile to provide a wealth of enrichment activities to enhance children’s development.

Specifically, we hope to show you how:

  • Investing in staff creates a culture of discretionary effort
  • Children are immersed in their learning to provide awe and wonder
  • Business and social enterprise opportunities enhance personal and academic development

When our children move on to secondary school and are asked which primary school they had previously attended, they say “I didn’t go to a normal school; I went to Woodland View”.