Leading Edge programme for the year

The Leading Edge year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

What are the key events and activities of the Leading Edge network?

  • School visits programme. We visit every school in the programme every year. Our visits are undertaken by our team of consultant headteachers and SSAT senior education leads. All of our visit team are exceptional former headteachers, with extensive experience of leading a high-performing school. Your consultant headteacher can support you and your team with self-review and school improvement planning. If you decide to apply for accreditation in the Framework for Exceptional Education the Leading Edge visit will become a moderation visit. If you wish to have an additional visit you may do so at an extra cost of £300.
  • Framework for Exceptional Education. The framework supports ongoing school improvement, enabling you to review current practice and identify next steps. Through the Leading Edge network you can work collaboratively with other schools to peer review your practice and receive accreditation to recognise the areas in which your practice is ‘transforming.’
  • Leading Edge Leadership Conference. Our annual Leading Edge leadership conference is exclusive to Leading Edge schools and designed to provide inspiration and updates for senior leaders of high-performing schools. One free place at the conference is offered as part of the Leading Edge programme.
    The leadership conference offers an opportunity to hear presentations from high-profile speakers and learn about innovative practice from schools within the network. It is also an invaluable opportunity to network informally with like-minded colleagues from other high-performing schools. The content of the day is tailored to reflect the current issues facing high performing schools nationally and the agenda is planned in consultation with the headteachers in the steering group.
  • Leading Edge Directory. The directory showcases the expertise of schools in the network, enabling you to make useful connections and share practice.
  • Leading Change Magazine. The Leading Edge magazine; packed with news, articles and case studies from Leading Edge schools.
  • Innovation Radar. A termly update sharing best and next thinking from across the network and from thought leaders nationally and internationally.
  • Innovation grants. We are committed to supporting innovative practice in Leading Edge schools. Every school in the network has a chance to bid for £1000 funding to support a project they are working on. Schools are able to submit more than one application. The outcomes of the successful projects are published to all Leading Edge schools.

Summer term 2020

Apply for a Leading Edge innovation grant

Apply for funding to support emerging practice in your school. Innovation grants can be used to support whole school or subject specific work, provided it is a project that will be of interest to the rest of the network.

Framework for Exceptional Education (FfEE) peer review and moderation visits

Visits for schools who have applied for accreditation in the March window.

Innovation Radar

Your termly snapshot of best and next practice from the network and thought leaders nationally and internationally.

SSAT Journal

Showcase the work of your team in the Leading Edge section of the SSAT Journal.

Autumn term 2020

Leading Change Magazine – Innovation Grant Special

Learn more about the projects that were supported by innovation grants in 2019-20.

Leading Edge Leadership Conference

Join us at the prestigious annual Leading Edge conference, which is exclusive and free to Leading Edge schools. The conference is designed to offer both inspiration and updates for senior leaders of high performing schools, with globally recognised speakers and workshops showcasing the work of schools in the network.

Leading Edge Directory

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 useful conversations and opportunities for collaboration. You will receive the directory in both hard copy and PDF format – feel free to share it with your whole staff.

Apply for accreditation for your ‘transforming’ practice within the SSAT Framework for Exceptional Education

The window for applications opens in November. You can apply in up to two strands of the framework.

Leading Edge Innovation Radar

Your termly snapshot of best and next practice from the network and thought leaders nationally and internationally.

SSAT National Conference

A key part of your SSAT membership, make sure that you take up your place at SSAT’s flagship event. Hear from international thought-leaders and inspirational practitioners. As an SSAT member your school has one place at no additional charge.

SSAT Journal

Showcase the work of your team in the Leading Edge section of the SSAT Journal.

Spring term 2021

SSAT Framework for Exceptional Education (FfEE) peer review and moderation visits

Visits underway for those schools who have applied for accreditation in the March window.

Leading Edge Innovation Radar

Your termly snapshot of best and next practice from the network and thought leaders nationally and internationally.

SSAT Journal

Showcase the work of your team in the Leading Edge section of the SSAT Journal.

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