SSAT Teaching Schools Network

As the backbone of the school-led system, teaching schools are essential to the ongoing development of the education sector. If your school is a member of the SSAT Secondary, Primary or Special networks and a teaching school, you’re automatically a member of the SSAT Teaching Schools Network.

If you’re not yet an SSAT member, join the Secondary, Primary or SEND Network to become a member of the SSAT Teaching Schools Network at no additional cost.

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View a map of all SSAT Teaching Schools Network members.

As a member of the network you will receive:

  • Access to teaching school specific news, policy updates and peer support through our email forum; enabling you to discuss issues, ask questions and share ideas
  • Bespoke brokerage support for your teaching school activity through your SSAT relationship manager
  • Promotion of your teaching school through our teaching school network map
  • The opportunity to join the National Teaching School Network steering group

How can we support you to meet your KPIs?

We provide several tools, articles and programmes to support you in the ‘Big 3’ core areas of responsibility you have as a teaching school. See below for a full list of how we can help you in each area.

We add new resources and case studies regularly, and we’re always looking for the fresh ideas to share across the network. Get in touch by email to put forward your suggestions.

1. School-led ITT

TSA Key Performance Indicator (Nov 2017):

You must have at least 15 teachers trained per year. The percentage of trainee teachers who have secured a teaching post within six months must be at or above the national average.

How we can help:


2. Continuing Professional Development

TSA Key Performance Indicator (Nov 2017):

You must have at least 50 evidence-based CPLD days delivered per academic year. At least 90% of participants must believe that the CPLD activity has or will help improve practice in their school and agree the benefits of the CPD activity outweighed any short-term impact on workload.

How we can help:

High quality CPD: deliver your own SSAT training

Become an SSAT delivery partner to deliver our high-quality SSAT CPD programmes across your TSA and beyond. All are fully resourced with tutor notes, slide decks and resources which can be adapted by you to meet the specific needs of your delegates.

These programmes aim to provide you with cost effective, income generating and hassle-free CPD that enables you to support the schools and teachers in your alliance by providing high quality support at an affordable price.

For teachers:

For leaders

The above programmes are available for delivery partnership. As well as these, SSAT leadership programmes such as Next Generation Headteachers or Stepping up to Senior Leadership provide opportunities for key members of staff across your TSA to engage in a national programme, bringing back the benefit of this experience to your TSA.

Demonstrating the use and impact of research

Blogs and articles

Programmes and additional support

  • Online digitally-badged course:

SSAT Improving Practice Through Research


3. School-to-School Support

TSA Key Performance Indicator (Nov 2017):

You must provide at least 30 days of deployment per academic year to schools identified as in need of support. At least 90% of support provided must be rated as good or better by the supported school.

How we can help

Support for assessment and review

With the SSAT Peer Review Programme, engage all the schools across your TSA, develop your assessment skills and get support tailored to your alliance. You’ll save and get best value when you sign up together.

Use the SSAT Framework for Exceptional Education to support your schools’ self-review and planning framework. It’s a developmental framework rather than a deficit model, designed to motivate and inspire schools to improve their students and communities.

Practicalities of Running a Teaching School

How we can help

Over the last few years, our programmes for teaching schools have included sessions on many of the practical aspects of running and managing a teaching school; from project management and organising CPD programmes to marketing and branding. Our in-house design service is available to provide marketing and collateral for any teaching school. Contact your relationship manager to find out more.

Help us improve our support

SSAT would love to hear from you about additional support that we could provide to our Teaching Schools Network. Get in touch to help us improve and tailor our support to match your priorities.

Join the SSAT Teaching Schools Network

If you are from an SSAT member school and would like to join the SSAT Teaching Schools Network as an additional benefit of your existing membership, please either contact your SSAT Relationship Manager or complete the online form below.

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If you’re not yet an SSAT member, join the Secondary, Primary or SEND Network to become a member of the SSAT Teaching Schools Network at no additional cost.

View the SSAT Teaching Schools Network map in a full screen map