SSAT Primary Network Innovation and Impact Days

SSAT Primary Network Member School Visits

Throughout the year there are opportunities to visit regional primary member schools to see innovation and impact in action. Hosted and led by members of the SSAT Primary Network, this is a great chance to visit, network, learn and share best practice.


If you’re interested in attending one of these visits, please use the Eventbrite link to book your place.

Date School Details Programme
Thursday 11 October 2018 Pikes Lane Primary School in Bolton Book via Eventbrite 09.30-15.00

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Pikes Lane Primary School is a large multicultural school where almost all children speak English as an additional language. Despite pupils and their families facing significant challenges and barriers to learning, including high numbers of SEN and pupil premium, we consistently deliver an outstanding education for all children. Our achievements and unwavering commitment to ensuring the very best for our pupils has been recognised both by Ofsted in our outstanding judgement in all areas and by a wide range of other external bodies and organisations. This has culminated in the school receiving a plethora of awards and accreditations in recognition of our work.

Our motto ‘Together we can be the Best!’ permeates throughout the school and our unique vision and values are central to our philosophy of education. We regularly receive visits from schools from within the local area as well as from schools nationally and also from across the world.

If you would like to come and see our school in action, these are just some of the areas of expertise we can offer:

  • how to develop a ‘learning’ school using growth mindset, metacognition and self regulation
  • a creative and highly successful approach to staff and pupil wellbeing
  • how to ensure outstanding attendance and safeguarding
  • how to develop effective and sustainable leadership roles with pupils which have a tangible impact on achievement
  • how to become a flagship school for inclusion and how to meet the needs of all learners
  • how to teach EAL learners
  • the use of technology and 1-1 iPads to enhance teaching and learning
  • an innovative and user-friendly approach to assessment and target setting which really works
  • a unique and bespoke approach to teaching the curriculum and much more through our ‘Pikes Lane Learning Journey…’
  • an exceptional learning environment which will inspire and engage all stakeholders including our ‘Blue Planet’ and Jungle areas, complete with life-size models of sharks, elephants and giraffes etc

Date School Details Programme
Wednesday 6 February 2019 Lea Forest Academy in Birmingham Book via Eventbrite 09.30-14.30

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Lea Forest Primary Academy is part of the Academies Enterprise Trust and through collaboration and commitment to a shared vision, continues to grow and improve. At Lea Forest we not only have high expectations for academic achievement and learning, but we also pride ourselves on providing an engaging and memorable curriculum which stimulates curiosity, awe and wonder – this provides children with the skills to be able to succeed in their lives ahead.

We have such a thriving school community where high aspirations and a caring family ethos are at the heart of what we do. Our curriculum encourages children to develop their skills by focusing on the following values: high aspirations, innovation, independence, respect and resilience. Lea Forest has gone from strength to strength and continues its journey to outstanding. We have made some remarkable achievements over the last two years, showing reading and maths raise by 34% and RWM combined raise by 29%. Impact of the Mastery Flow Model is reflected by the high proportion of children achieving GDS.

Join us on Wednesday 6 February 2019 to find out more about:

  • The Mastery Flow Model approach
  • Resilient Reader
  • Creative and vibrant curriculum books
  • A through-school approach, with problem-solving skills developed from Nursery
  • High quality teaching and learning
  • Specialist EAL Hub provision
  • Strong middle leadership
  • Outdoor learning experiences (Forest School)
  • Use of media to promote and market Lea Forest

If you are interested in booking a place for this day visit our Eventbrite page or email

Date School Details Programme
Friday 5 April 2019 Newington Academy in Hull Book via Eventbrite 09.30-14.30

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Newington Academy is a school situated in one of the poorest areas of the country where high levels of unemployment, crime and drug use have formed the backdrop of Hull’s Hessle Road district for many years giving rise to its alternative title of ‘Little Beirut’.

Based around the 4 pillars of Independence, Creativity, Collaboration and Expression; Newington Academy have developed a curriculum to change that context – a curriculum with a difference – one that is based around the concept of making learning memorable and one that looks to deepen learning and skills through a rich and immersive experience.

Join us on Friday 5 April 2019 as we look at the journey we have been on; not just the successes but the mistakes we have made along the way and how we can use our own experiences to develop more effective and rapid approaches to curriculum design. We look to explore what our I.C.C.E curriculum looks like for both children and staff including discussions with Leaders, Learning Walks and opportunities to see I.C.C.E in action!

  • Highly-evolved curricular systems including I.C.C.E and the AET Maths Mastery Flow Model
  • Theme Books with a genuine depth of knowledge and skills
  • High-level Digital Literacy integration
  • Child-led Media Crew
  • ICCE Studio and opportunities to observe truly independent and collaborative learning
  • Immersive and engaging environments with rich and relevant learning areas
  • A whole-school culture of respect and resilience

Date School Details Programme
Tuesday 11 June 2019 Cuddington Croft in Surrey Book via Eventbrite 09.15-14.00

Aims of the day:
To explore how Cuddington Croft:

  • uses the ‘wave’ model to ensure that all children are fully engaged with their learning and that the needs of all pupils are addressed within every lesson
  • has used the experience of the MITA (Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants) project to empower our support staff to be increasingly effective in supporting the learning of our children