Benefits of Leading Edge membership

New strands in the Framework for Exceptional Education

The Framework for Exceptional Education (FfEE) is a self-review and planning framework designed by SSAT with the support of a pilot group of Leading Edge schools.

Find out more about the Framework for Exceptional Education.

Principled assessment

Quality assurance


A greater focus on Innovation

We will continue to offer a greater number of innovation grants and more flexibility in how you apply for them. The grants awarded are up to £1000 for each school.

A refreshed Innovation Radar

This will focus on aspects that are of most importance to leaders at critical times, including current research, best practice and policy updates to all Leading Edge Schools.

What’s included in your Leading Edge 2021 membership?

New for 2021

Video content

Video content sharing best practice from across the network.

New for 2021

Online discussion groups

Online discussion groups, enabling your teams to share ideas informally with Leading Edge colleagues in other schools.

SSAT Framework for Exceptional Education accreditation

Apply to be accredited as ‘Transforming’ in the framework, which includes a peer review from a school in the network and a moderation visit from a consultant headteacher or SSAT senior education lead.

In-school support

A visit from a Leading Edge consultant headteacher or SSAT senior education lead on a focus area of your choice – example areas include SIP review, self-evaluation or development planning.

Leading Edge Leadership Conference

A free place at this prestigious event held each year. This year’s conference is focused on creating and sustaining high-performing leadership teams.

The best [leadership conference] I have attended in terms of breadth, ideas shared and thought-provoking questions.

Neil Feist, Deputy Headteacher, Sackville School

Leading Edge Directory

Designed to provide an easy way for you to make connections within the network, the directory will help you identify schools locally and nationally that you can collaborate with.

Leading Change journal

The Leading Edge exclusive journal features case studies from innovation grant winners and best practice from across the network.

Leading Edge programme

There are things happening all throughout the year for Leading Edge members.

View the Leading Edge year at a glance

Your Leading Edge membership also includes:

  • a bespoke matching service to support collaboration with other Leading Edge schools locally and nationally
  • the opportunity to apply for an innovation grant of £1000 to support emerging work
  • national recognition as a high-performing school
  • regular opportunities to showcase the work of your team
  • support with professional development through links within the network
  • priority access to other SSAT services and special events.

Join Leading Edge now

If there is anything else that you need to know, please get in touch with us by email.