The Leading Edge programme 2017-18

From the moment you join we’ll be on hand to provide a bespoke linking service to ensure you can connect with the most suitable schools across the network.


The Leading Edge 2017 – 2018 programme includes:

  • The opportunity to be accredited as ‘transforming’ in the Framework for Exceptional Education
  • A peer review from another school in the network
  • A moderation visit from a member of the Leading Edge team
  • Attendance at the prestigious Leading Edge leadership conference
  • Attendance at Exceptional Education – sharing practice events for practitioners (one north, one south)
  • Leading Edge publications – including the network directory and the termly Leading Edge journal, Leading Change
  • Access to the Leading Edge online discussion hubs which focus on key issues for high-performing schools
  • A bespoke matching service to support collaboration with other schools
  • Involvement in a national research project exploring sustainability in school improvement
  • National recognition as a high-performing school
  • Opportunities to showcase the work of your team
  • Priority access to wider SSAT services and other special events
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Summer Term 2017

  • Apply for a Leading Edge Innovation grant of up to £1000 to support innovative projects
  • Apply for accreditation through the Framework for Exceptional Education, including a peer review and a moderation visit
  • Exceptional Education summer events – contribute to and attend sharing practice events
  • Contribute your expertise to the Leading Edge directory – a resource that enables you to see at a glance which schools in the network have expertise in a particular area so that you can open up useful conversations and opportunities for collaboration
  • Summer term edition of Leading Change – hear about the work undertaken by the Leading Edge schools

Autumn Term 2017

  • The Leading Edge Leadership Conference – exclusive and free to Leading Edge schools featuring policy updates, inspiration and innovation for high-performing schools, including globally recognised speakers and practitioner-led workshops
  • Apply for accreditation through the Framework for Exceptional Education, including a peer review and a moderation visit
  • Autumn edition of Leading Change – hear about the work undertaken by the Leading Edge schools that were awarded innovation grants in 2016-17
  • The Leading Edge Directory – to support you in connecting and collaborating with colleagues across the network

Spring Term 2018

  • Spring edition of Leading Change Journal
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