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 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.

The fellows have access to a range opportunities both online and face-to-face, including events, shadowing opportunities, resources and networking meetings.

The launch event will take place online on 10 November 2021 and will be followed by a series of activities throughout the year including three peer group meetings. You can view the programme of activities and read about the experience of two 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 2021
  • Three peer group meetings across the year – working with a ‘Leadership Expert’ practicing school leader. The first meeting will be face to face as part of a visit to the expert’s school, the subsequent two will be held online. 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 2021-22 cohort will open in the week commencing 28 June 2021 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 2021.

*Only schools holding a full SSAT Secondary Network membership are eligible for this benefit. Schools holding Primary, Special or iNet Global or reduced package memberships may purchase places at the cost of £500+VAT per place.