SSAT Aspirant Headteacher programme

High quality preparation for headship
The SSAT Aspirant Headteacher programme is a member-exclusive benefit that provides high-quality preparation for headship, equipping school leaders with practical strategies and training for both current and future roles.

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Aspiring headteachers of SSAT member schools will join a national cohort and take part in five online modules as part of their membership. Each module will be hosted by one of the SSAT education team and include inputs from successful headteachers from across SSAT’s national network. In addition, participants will benefit from SSAT resources, reading and reflection tools.

Suitability: For senior leaders in SSAT member schools aspiring to headship.

Three cohorts planned for 2022-23 (one per term).

Programme aims

  • Inspire and support the next generation of headteachers
  • Equip senior leaders with the understanding and competences needed for headship
  • Provide practical training and advice from experienced heads
  • Create a community of learning

This programme is a member-exclusive benefit

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Module information

Module 1: Leadership through moral purpose

Wednesday 5 October 2022, 3.30pm-5.30pm

Aims for the session:

  • Reflect on the values and vision that underpin our moral purpose
  • Consider how to build a learning community around shared values and commitments
  • Explore the Leadership through moral purpose strand of SSAT’s Framework for Exceptional Education.
  • Share experiences and practice

Module 2: School culture

Wednesday 19 October 2022, 3.30pm-5.30pm

Aims for the session:

  • Consider what we understand by school culture and why it is important
  • Reflect upon the culture in our schools
  • Explore contributing factors to the cultural paradigm
  • Reflect on any culture gaps between the current reality and the culture we want to create
  • Share school-based examples

Module 3: Leading school improvement and organisational management

Wednesday 9 November 2022, 3.30pm-5.30pm

Aims for the session:

  • Clarify understanding of school improvement and organisational management
  • Reflect on successful and less successful experiences of school improvement
  • Explore some frameworks and tools for leading change for improvement
  • Use case studies to consider your approach to school improvement and organisational management challenges

Module 4: Quality assurance and managing performance

Wednesday 23 November 2022, 3.30pm-5.30pm

Aims for the session:

  • What quality assurance is and what it is not
  • What does quality assurance look like in a school context?
  • What is the role of the headteacher in all that?

Module 5: Governance and accountability

Wednesday 7 December 2022, 3.30pm-5.30pm

Aims for the session:

  • Sharing our experience of working with governors
  • Governors – what are they for?
  • Accountability – to whom and for what?