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SSAT LP Learning Centre

In 2024 Winstanley College became a Lead Practitioner Learning Centre.

“The Lead Practitioner (LP) programme celebrates and motivates great teachers on an individual basis, especially ones who lead others to develop themselves.

Through a rigorous process of self-reflection and evaluation, the Lead Practitioner Accreditation improves the individuals’ professional skills and expertise.

The programme is made up of a framework of professional standards and recognises the skills, experience and qualities of school staff at every level, serving to embed and extend teaching and learning that impacts positively on learners.” - SSAT

At Winstanley, our accredited trainers deliver the SSAT Lead Practitioner program to aspiring LPs and coach them through the process.

Successful LPs are expected to lead learning in an area of their research and put into practice what they have created and developed. The SSAT LP program, at its heart, is most concerned with impact on learners and how children progress.

Please follow the link for more information about the LP Accreditation

The first cohort will start in January 2023 and booking will open shortly. To express an interest about booking on the program or if you have any enquiries regarding the Lead Practitioner program at Winstanley College please contact Phil Duckworth via the contact form below.

What is a Lead Practitioner

A Lead Practitioner is not a post; it is an opportunity to develop professionally and lead outstanding practice with a measurable impact on learners beyond your institution.

A Lead Practitioner will not only demonstrate expertise in their field but also lead others to improve their practice, resulting in a positive impact on student learning. They will be able to provide evidence of meeting criteria across ten standards that identify their knowledge and skills used in leading practice across three categories:

  • Personal skills and attributes
  • Professional knowledge
  • Process and Impact on others

What does the accreditation involve?

The accreditation starts with an initial self-assessment against the ten SSAT Leading Practitioner standards below. This enables you to identify areas for development over the accreditation period. The ten standards are:

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During the accreditation period you will gather examples of evidence that support your accreditation. These could be emails, presentations, case studies, surveys, evaluations or planning materials. The evidence must be relevant and of high quality to clearly demonstrate the positive impact your work has had on learners.

Towards the end of the programme, you will complete the SSAT online assessment tool, uploading your evidence and supporting statements. To maintain the rigorous standards of Lead Practitioner accreditation, the SSAT moderate all applications before certification.

What are the benefits?

Lead Practitioner accreditation is an opportunity to develop your skills and become a future leader of learning. As a Lead Practitioner you will be internationally-recognised as a leader of learning. Accreditation demonstrates your positive impact on learners using networking and coaching to embed your outstanding practice and improve teaching and learning across a network of institutions. It empowers staff – developing best practitioners to inspire them to make a difference where it really counts:  in the classroom.

In addition, it also gives you 30 credits towards an MA in Educational Leadership and Management at Nottingham University.

Once accredited you can be added to the SSAT Lead Practitioner database – an internationally-recognised network of outstanding practitioners. You may also be offered opportunities to engage in activities such as the SSAT conference or developing a regional network.

Course Structure

  • The SSAT Lead Practitioner course will last 12 months
  • There are 2 face to face seminars at Winstanley College
  • The course is delivered with a mixture of 2 x on site seminars and online support

The course includes:

  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance????? Yep, ll the resources will be digital.
  • SSAT produced PowerPoint presentations
  • Lunch 
  • Refreshments throughout the da


How will I be supported?

The Winstanley College Leading Practitioner Learning Centre trainers and coaching sessions will support you throughout your journey towards Lead Practitioner status. The support programme includes:

  • Launch session
  • Training sessions (usually two)
  • Networking sessions
  • Optional development sessions

Our Lead Practitioner trainers will also provide bespoke support for each of the aspiring lead practitioners depending on their needs. This could include coaching, building networks, reviewing supporting statements and identifying quality evidence.

Course Trainers

Lydia Rushton Teacher of Sociology, Assistant Head of Social Sciences

Lydia has been teaching Sociology for the past 15 years and is incredibly passionate about teacher development. She has carried out a vast array of CPD on topics including; retrieval practice, cultural capital, revision strategies and assessment for learning. She has been teaching at Winstanley for the last 3 years and works as an assistant head of department within the Social Sciences department.  

Pam Anderton Teacher of Business 

What is the cost?

The cost would be £550 per LP candidate.

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