Join Leading Edge

How does Leading Edge work?

Leading Edge is an exclusive network for high performing SSAT member schools, led by a steering group of headteachers. For an annual membership fee, Leading Edge schools benefit from an extensive programme of activities, events, publications and support throughout the year. The membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

How do we apply for membership of Leading Edge?

If you have received an invitation to join the programme you have already been identified as being eligible for membership. There is no need to evidence your eligibility, simply get in touch with us by email and we will process your application.

If you have not received an invitation to join the programme, please get in touch with us by email. We will review your data profile and let you know whether any further evidence is required.

What is the criteria for membership?

Leading Edge membership is open to all secondary and special schools, including academies, colleges and free schools. The membership criteria is determined by the Leading Edge steering group. Membership criteria for 2017-18 is:

Ofsted grade 1, or Ofsted 2 with statistically significant student outcomes*

* We review the national data each year and invite schools who are Ofsted 2 or above and who are on or above the 75th percentile nationally for Progress 8.

Is it possible to join the programme if we do not meet the membership criteria?

Where a school does not meet the membership criteria but feels that it has a strong case to be recognised as high-performing, decision about membership will be referred to the steering group. In this instance, the school will be asked to provide evidence to support their case. Since the network is designed to support high-performing schools, membership will be restricted to schools whose performance places them in the upper quartile nationally.

What is the cost of joining Leading Edge?

Leading Edge membership costs £1600+VAT for the 2017-18 membership year. Please note that membership is only open to schools that are members of SSAT.

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