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The power of networking – what are the benefits for leaders in education?
School leaders around the country are trying to juggle the demands of their role alongside finding opportunities to protect their self-care and promote pupil outcomes.
Could networking be the key to success? It’s no secret that a network, a community of like-minded educationalists can be a powerful thing.
It is a great opportunity to supercharge how we support lifelong learning and provide a more rounded view of education.
Digital transformation has accelerated exponentially over the past two years and afforded us the ability to do things that were previously thought of as being from the distant future.
Today, access to networks, information and support are just a click away and provide a structure by which school leaders and teachers can all benefit.
An important question is: why should organisations (and in particular schools) network, and what benefits should schools gain from this?
Leaders in education can network, in the way businesses often do, to develop best practise or save costs.
The ability to engage with peers not within your local community is also an added advantage of becoming part of a nationally recognised network. This process can also contribute to continuing professional development (CPD).
Networks also have the potential to create societal change, and here at SSAT we introduce our members to deep social justice, and they engage with outstanding leaders in the education system.
We encourage them to think about their ‘non-negotiables’ – the principles that drive them, and the practise that can improve the outcomes for their students.
We network them with other leaders and practitioners from all over the country – their support network.
Educators are great collaborators who use interpersonal skills to draw value from teamwork – this ethos has now spilled over to SSAT social media platforms where individuals can build empowering relationships with others that work within the education system.
Being part of a network gives you the opportunity to:
With limited abilities today to travel and interact with colleagues in far flung destinations or even in your local community, having the ability to network virtually, seek counsel or offer counsel to your peers has become increasingly critical to how we teach, learn, and interact with others.
Of course, having a powerful resource of evidence informed publications and school improvement tools, webinars, policy documents and whitepapers on all things education focused are just some of the benefits of joining a membership organisation like SSAT.
As experts in areas such as Lead Practitioner Accreditation, Embedding Formative Assessment or a portfolio of one of the country’s best suite of CPD programs for educationalists at all levels, SSAT has been, for over 30 years, the membership network of choice for thousands of schools across the country.
SSAT has embraced digital transformation, allowing its members to experience, remotely, all the benefits that membership affords.
SSAT membership has evolved during the Covid-19 pandemic. Embracing technology, SSAT holds free webinars every month for its members, offers leading CPD programs online, access to online conferences that bring educationalists from all over the country together.
Explore your membership options and benefits at ssatuk.co.uk.
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