SSAT Leadership Legacy Project

What is the SSAT Leadership Legacy Project?

At SSAT we have made a moral commitment to support the development of the next generation of system leaders. The SSAT Leadership Legacy Project is a benefit for members of the SSAT Secondary Network, SSAT Primary Network Plus and SSAT Special Network Plus and we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity by nominating one of your teachers to take part in becoming a Leadership Fellow.

The project is a year-long initiative and has been set up to develop teachers who have been identified by their headteacher as having the potential to become outstanding leaders.

This year we will be taking advantage of online learning platforms to ensure the leadership fellows have access to a range of events (online, and face-to-face when possible), shadowing opportunities, resources and networking opportunities.

The launch event will take place online in November 2020 and will be followed by a series of activities throughout the year including three online peer group meetings. You can view the programme of activities and read about the experience of one of our previous participants in this SSAT blog article.

As this is a benefit of SSAT membership for eligible members*, the only costs your school will incur are related to time, travel and accommodation. A large proportion of activities will take place online this year, and will be scheduled after classroom hours, to make them as accessible as possible.

Core elements which must be completed to graduate:

  • Participation in online launch event November 2020
  • Three peer group online meetings across the year – working with a ‘Leadership Expert’ practicing school leader. Meetings will include reflections on what has been learnt so far; personal insights from the Leadership Expert and support for the ongoing core activities.
  • View/Read curated content throughout the year and engage in subsequent online discussion.
  • Submission of a written think piece which evidences their developing practice as a teaching professional; this should be of benefit to the school and be research-based.


By the end of the project, the Leadership Fellows will:

  • form their vision for education and shape their educational principles
  • gain an in-depth understanding of the current education system
  • consider different leadership models and the skills required to succeed
  • undertake wider reading
  • spend time with highly successful educators
  • submit a written think piece which evidences their developing practice as a teaching professional.

Who can take part?

Candidates must be qualified teachers and, if working in a mainstream primary or secondary school, should be within their first 2-5 years of teaching. We recognise that due to the specialised setting, candidates from special schools may have been teaching for longer. All candidates should have been identified as having the potential to become an outstanding leader and be demonstrating the skills to become future outstanding system leaders.

Making a nomination

Nominations for the 2020-21 cohort will open in the week commencing 28 September 2020 please contact your Relationship Manager today to find out how to apply. Headteachers can make one nomination for the project as part of their school’s SSAT membership benefits, additional nominations can be made at a cost £500+VAT per place.

If their nomination is successful, the headteacher will receive a confirmation email and the nominee will receive a separate email with further information about the online launch event in November 2020.

*Members of the SSAT Secondary Network, SSAT Primary Network Plus, and SSAT Special Network Plus are eligible for this benefit. School’s holding memberships of a different kind may purchase places at the cost of £500+VAT per place.

Summary of changes for 2020-21

  • Candidates will be required to submit a brief summary of the proposed focus for their think piece on application.
  • Candidates can be between 2 – 5 years of teaching.
  • Headteachers will receive written feedback at the end of the programme outlining the strengths, potential impacts and next steps for the candidates.
  • Increased number of expert meetings online.
  • Blogs and additional resources available to candidates throughout the year.