We are SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network. We exist to help improve outcomes for all young people. As a membership organisation of schools and academies across the UK and internationally, we work with leaders, teachers and students to drive school improvement and innovation, and celebrate their successes. We believe in a truly school-led system, with schools working in partnership across and beyond the education sector. At SSAT’s heart are our membership networks, bringing together school leaders, teachers and students. We have been working with schools for over 30 years, and continue to offer insight and understanding into teaching, learning and system leadership. Our professional development and school improvement programmes help leaders and teachers to further outcomes for all young people, and develop leadership at all levels across the system. We are SSAT and we provide fresh ideas for ambitious schools.
At SSAT we believe that schools can be the liveliest, most inspiring communities on earth. They can set students up for life.
But unlocking all that drive and energy is far from easy. It’s hard finding and communicating real purpose and vision, seeing beyond the immediate pressures, being outward, not inward looking. And it’s even harder nowadays when all kinds of external challenges – from academisation to shrinking budgets – stifle our sense of the possible.
At SSAT we think the moment has come to break through those limitations again. We did it thirty years ago when we launched the specialist schools movement. Now we’re on a mission to persuade a new generation of school leaders that when you think boldly and differently, schools thrive.
Put simply, we’re about fresh ideas. And we work with ambitious schools in three key ways…
By being a focus of knowledge – of what works in great schools and what the big thinkers in education are thinking.
By designing the country’s best professional development programmes – that inspire colleagues to go beyond the quick fixes and to innovate to improve.
And by being catalysts for collaboration – mobilising our networks, the most extensive in the country, to get schools working together to make students’ lives.