Primary membership

Who is the SSAT Primary Network for?

Established for schools and academies supporting children through their primary phase of education, the SSAT Primary Network brings together professionals from across the country in purposeful collaboration.


Why join the SSAT Primary Network?

The SSAT Primary Network works closely with individual primary schools and academies and those in multi-academy trusts (MATs) to support trusts, leaders and teachers in their mission to shape the future of education for young people.

We also work alongside key school leaders who kindly offer their support and time to guide and inform the direction and development of the network.

Contact the primary team to find out more about the network.


For me, the great thing about being an involved member of the SSAT Primary Network, is the opportunity to meet leaders and visit schools who truly inspire, through their bespoke approaches to pedagogy, innovation and excellence, at all levels of school leadership. Developing networks with these people promotes deep continuing professional development and formation, which has real impact within our school.

Sacred Heart R.C. Primary School


What you can expect from joining

Primary membership offers a range of benefits built to address your most important needs and priorities – we constantly listen and adapt to the changes in the educational landscape to ensure the highest standards of quality and relevance. Benefits include:

  • SSAT insight
  • Weekly news highlights and information direct to all staff members’ inboxes, helping you stay up to date on education policy as well as providing a range of resources to widen your knowledge.

  • Innovation and Impact days
  • Throughout the year there will be an opportunity to visit member schools and see innovation and impact in action. Hosted and led by members of the SSAT primary advisory board, this is a great chance to visit, network, learn and share best practice. SSAT also works with some of the greatest academics and organisations to be involved in funded projects.

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  • Educational Outcomes Key Stage 2 database and Awards
  • SSAT’s unique performance analysis tool, combining three official DfE and Ofsted sources into one database provides key contextual and performance data on every state-funded school in the country, exclusively for our members at no cost. Benchmark the outcomes of your school against other primary schools on a local and national level and help your school leaders identify strengths and areas for development which can inform school improvement priorities.

    Gain recognition through the Educational Outcomes Awards celebration with the opportunity to reflect on positive outcomes and promote your school to a wider audience.

  • Framework for Exceptional Education (FfEE)
  • The Framework for Exceptional Education (FfEE) is SSAT’s flagship school improvement framework. It is at the heart of many of our programmes and has been co-developed with SSAT member schools. The framework is built on the philosophy that school improvement is an ongoing process that is centred on self evaluation and celebration of strengths. You can use FfEE to evaluate your practice, identify improvements you want to make and celebrate the great work you are already doing. It can be used at whole school level and also with specific departments / teams. The framework and supporting guidance is available for all members to download from the Exchange area of our website.

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  • Student Leadership Accreditation
  • Empower your pupils with our Student Leadership Accreditation scheme – available to all members. This is an innovative way of formally recognising pupil leadership skills, encompassing all activities pupils are engaged in – whether it’s in the classroom, across the school or in the wider community.

  • Showcase your school
  • Opportunities to share your school’s inspirational stories nationally through our weekly newsletter and regular articles in the national primary press.

  • Online collaboration
  • Engage with our professional online community to network with like-minded schools nationally, share ideas and achievements and receive answers to questions from your peers across the country as well as SSAT national experts.

  • Member-exclusive online area
  • Access our growing bank of publications and resources from your member-exclusive website, the Exchange, to turn innovative ideas into proven solutions for your school.

  • National Conference discounts
  • All primary members receive a discount on delegate places at the annual SSAT National Conference in December. Be inspired over two days by prestigious speakers and system leaders and a wide range of workshops, including policy updates and school-led sessions. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with peers at our drinks reception and an optional conference dinner.

  • CPD that works
  • SSAT’s CPD programmes are about delivering tangible outcomes through rigorous and purposeful training and development. Membership gives you extensive discounts on our range of programmes.

Contact the primary team to find out more about joining.


We became SSAT members following our success as an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award winner. It was important to be recognised nationally for our hard work in the school community. Being part of this growing network as a headteacher, I then felt connected and up to date with the latest policy and research. There is something different about being part of the SSAT primary ‘movement’ with innovation and impact at the core.

Eastlands Primary School


Joining the SSAT Primary Network

Membership is for twelve months from the day you join and the annual membership fee is £325.00 + VAT.

Or you can save £55 by joining for 24 months for just £595 + VAT. Please indicate your preferred length of membership on the application form.

To join, contact the primary team or complete the application form below.
Primary Membership Application Form

If you have any questions, contact us and one of our friendly team will give you a call to talk you through how membership works.

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