SSAT Secondary Network membership

Fresh ideas for ambitious schools


SSAT’s Secondary Network is the most vibrant and longest-standing network of schools in the UK. With 30 years of experience, our mission is to create opportunities for schools to collaborate and share knowledge, inspiration and best practice.

Central to the network are the forward-looking teachers and leaders who are helping to shape the national conversation as new policies, structures and social pressures present fresh challenges and opportunities every day. SSAT supports schools in interpreting and making these opportunities work in their setting.

Through SSAT Secondary Membership, we work closely with schools to enhance the impact teachers have in nurturing successful young people and building stronger communities, developing fresh ideas for ambitious schools.

Join the network and get connected with like-minded schools, receive weekly insight by email, discover data tools, policy resources and CPD discounts, take up your place at the next annual SSAT National Conference, and much more.

Register your interest in SSAT’s Secondary Network


Speak to an ambassador school to find out more about the benefits of SSAT’s Secondary Network membership. Get in touch with us today.

What you can expect from joining

Our range of secondary membership benefits will ensure your school is outward-facing, help your school’s voice be heard and demonstrate your commitment to educational excellence. They include:

I saw this and thought of you!

Your relationship manager – an SSAT adviser assigned to your school – listens to your priorities and ensures you are accessing the right information and insights to drive your school forward. Connecting you with schools in the network who share your challenges and pointing you to relevant CPD, research and conversations, helping you explore new angles and solutions.

Collaboration with purpose

Share your achievements, contact like-minded schools, get your nagging questions answered by your peers across the country and receive resources that other schools are using (policy documents, curriculum timetables and much more). Join topic-focused collaboration groups including our online communities and email forums.

Framework for Exceptional Education

Developed with SSAT member schools, the Framework for Exceptional Education (FfEE) helps you to evaluate your practice, identify improvements and celebrate the great work you’re already doing. Use the framework across your whole school to facilitate ongoing school improvement as well as to develop specific departments and teams.

SSAT Leadership Legacy Project

The opportunity for you to nominate a high-potential future leader for a place on our year-long initiative developing skills through SSAT events, school visits, shadowing opportunities, resources and networking.



Educational Outcomes database and awards

SSAT’s unique performance analysis tool, combining official DfE and Ofsted sources into one database to show you performance data on your own school and how it compares to every state-funded school in the country. Compare your school to others locally and nationally, and measure your strengths and areas for development. You can also be recognised for your performance and progress at the annual SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards.

Student Leadership Accreditation

Empower your students with our Student Leadership Accreditation scheme – available to all members – which supports your students in social, personal and employability skills as well as academic achievements.

Member-exclusive area online

Access our growing bank of publications and resources to turn innovative ideas into proven solutions for your school. Exclusive inspiration via your termly SSAT Journal, blog articles from schools within the network and much more – all accessible in your members-only website, the Exchange.



National Conference place

Every secondary school with full membership gets one delegate place to the annual SSAT National Conference in December, plus discounted places for further staff. For 2019’s National Conference theme, Fighting for deep social justice, we are working with schools, other educational organisations, and cross-sector to make the case for deep social justice: a commitment to ensuring that all students leave school fully prepared to lead fulfilled and purposeful lives.

Networking – on your doorstep

Learn from other schools’ innovative approaches and share best practice through a range of opportunities of local, national and international contexts.

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.

Weekly, at-a-glance insights

News and highlights for all staff that summarises education policy updates, saving you time and providing a range of sources to widen your staff’s knowledge. The weekly Sunday Supplement delivers topical comment, policy insight and ideas direct to your inbox; Primary Matters gives you the latest news, insights, and events in primary education on a weekly basis; the fortnightly SEND Update features news, resources and opinion from SEND interest groups and SEND Radar includes case studies and research outcomes and is sent at regular intervals.

Download the SSAT Secondary Network brochure

Join the SSAT Secondary Network

Membership is for twelve months from the day you join and is £1495 + VAT.

Or you can save £195 by joining for 24 months for just £2795 + VAT. Please indicate your preferred length of membership on the application form.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with us by email or call our team on 020 7802 0955.

To join, complete the form below.

Secondary Membership Application Form