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SSAT National Conference 2019

Fighting for deep social justice

4-5 December, ICC Birmingham

School workshop opportunities

Share your school’s commitment to deep social justice at this year’s SSAT National Conference.

Applications are now open for SSAT member schools to share their stories by applying to host a workshop at the conference. Throughout 2019, we are working with schools and other educational organisations to make the case for deep social justice: a commitment to ensuring that all students leave school fully prepared to lead purposeful lives.

To help us achieve balance as we head into the 2020s, we are asking you – our members – to focus your workshop on one of the four ‘deeps’, which include:

  • Deep learning: teaching, knowledge, self-regulation, student voice
  • Deep experience: curriculum design, AI, character, employability
  • Deep support: mentoring, coaching, CIAG, partnerships
  • Deep leadership: staff support, CPD, environment, collaboration

Apply to host a workshop

What you can expect on the day

Workshop duration: 45 minutes

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sue Williamson, CEO, SSAT
  • Professor Lee Elliot Major, Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter
  • Dr Efrat Furst, Education and Research Communicator, Harvard University
  • Rt Hon. David Lammy MP
  • Tom Ravenscroft, CEO, Enabling Enterprise
  • Rt Hon. David Laws, Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute
  • Daniel Sobel, CEO and Founder, Inclusion Expert
  • Nina Jackson, Associate Director of Independent Thinking

Student contributions:

Member schools that are successful in their application are able to present on their own (lead presenter), with a co-presenter or with two students.


  • School leaders
  • Teachers
  • Data and school business managers

Session/discussion themes:

  • What is deep social justice?
  • What’s the challenge?
  • How can we achieve long term learning?

Funding for successful schools

The lead presenter will be invited to attend one day of the conference at no cost and co-presenters are welcome to attend at a discounted rate. Please note, SSAT are unable to provide funding for speaker travel.

Next steps

To apply to host a workshop, please complete the application form.

Applications close on Friday 26 July 2019. All workshop applications will be considered by the conference panel. The lead presenter will be notified of the outcome by Monday 16 September 2019.

Student input opportunities

Applications will be opening in early September 2019. If you would like to put forward a group of students or an individual student to contribute to the National Conference, please let your Relationship Manager know, and they will let you know when applications open. Examples of how students have been involved in previous years are below.

Student reporters

Student reporters will be allocated workshops and mainstage presentations to attend and report on during either day 1 or day 2 of the conference, which will include interviewing presenters and delegates.

Student enterprise

Students will run a stall within the exhibition hall of the conference to sell self-made products to delegates.

Some suggestions for products students can sell include calendars, tea towels, Christmas cards. All student enterprise applications require photos and details of products intended to be sold at the conference.

Student performance

Student performances will be showcased to delegates on the mainstage and / or in the exhibition hall. Performance includes (but is not limited to) dance, song, instrumental or spoken word. Performances should be 5 minutes or less. All applications for student performances require a video and details of the proposed performance.

Funding for succesful schools

A contribution of up to £100 per school for travel is available in agreement with the conference organisers. Unfortunately, accommodation cannot be covered by SSAT.

If you have any enquiries, please get in touch by email at