Strategic Partners




SAfE - the glue in the system


We recognise and celebrate the breadth and depth of expertise within Surrey’s school system and are delighted to be working with all Surrey schools, to identify and signpost best practice within our community and to facilitate the sharing of school to school provision and training to support all schools on their journey of improvement.



Surrey - a rich and diverse education system


We work closely with key school improvement providers and organisations to collectively sustain and develop an extensive model of school-led school improvement. Surrey is fortunate to benefit from a range of providers including; SCITTs and Appropriate Bodies for Teacher Training, the Surrey Plus Maths Hub, the Surrey Science Learning Partnership, Surrey Music Hub and Surrey Arts, Surrey SACRE, Durrington and Thornden Research Schools and the sub-regional English Hub.

Our community of designated National Support Schools and the contribution of over 50 designated NLEs, SLEs and NLGs underpin the very valuable work that is coordinated through SAfE’s coordination of the delivery of the TSC SESL sub-regional school improvement programme.  

Surrey Joint Phase Councils

For more information about Surrey Joint Phase Councils please visit our page here. 


Teaching School Hubs


There are two Teaching School Hubs in Surrey: SFET and Xavier. The teaching School hub programme is part of a comprehensive DfE Strategy to support teachers throughout their careers. We work in close partnership with both. In addition, we are supported in our work by over 50 designated NLEs, SLEs, NLGs, and other outstanding practitioners. 

STSN is working with SFET and Xavier Teaching School Hubs and Teach First to provide the full suite of reformed NPQs from September 2021. This partnership brings together the best local knowledge and context with the national experience and programmes of Teach First.

SFET and Xavier Teaching School Hubs support the professional development needs of schools, including the provision of Early Careers Framework and National Professional Qualifications across the area:

  • SFET supports schools in South West Surrey, North East and East Hampshire
  • Xavier supports schools in North West, North East and South West Surrey

Governance Expertise

Leadershipwise Ltd are one of the leading Governance experts in the UK.  Ruth Murton is a director of Leadershipwise Ltd and has been immersed in the world of education throughout her working life. She has extensive school governing experience across all phases and settings and is a National Leader of Governance and Special Adviser on governance to the Department of Education.    

Working with partners beyond Surrey


SAfE is committed to sharing innovative solutions to problems and change, for improved outcomes of all children. To do so, we welcome the opportunity to work with strategic partners who deliver high quality thought leadership and system leadership.



Whole School SEND


SAfE works with Whole School SEND on ongoing workshops in Surrey. The Whole School SEND Consortium is delivering the Department for Education SEND Schools’ Workforce Support Contract and a randomised control trial funded by the Education Endowment Fund. It brings together schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to ensuring that every child and young person with SEND can maximise their potential. 

EEF – Education Endowment Foundation 


A key principle for SAfE is that all of our work is underpinned by and informs the development of, a high-quality evidence base to support school improvement in Surrey.



Whole Education

Delivered in partnership with David Bartram OBE, Whole Education SEND works with local authority leaders, school leaders and SENCOs to establish self-improving systems for SEND. Whole Education SEND places collaboration and the mobilisation of local knowledge at the heart of improving SEND provision by embedding an effective model for peer review over the course of three years.



 AEPA – Association of Education Partnerships


The Association’s key principles reflect a belief that school-led improvement will only work if the system is inclusive and collaborative and that ‘locality matters’. SAfE is a subscribing member to this organisation which comprises over 30 partnerships across England and provides SAfE with the opportunity to continually develop and learn from best practice.

Integrity Coaching


SAfE is working in partnership with Integrity Coaching to deliver the Race, Identity and School Leadership programme which builds on the impactful session delivered by Integrity Coaching's Viv Grant at SAfE's 2021 Leadership Summit. To find out more about this programme, please click here.

A wealth of resource at your fingertips


Please click on the icons below for access to the relevant strategic partner websites. Our partners offer comprehensive CPD, school to school support and access to teacher training provision, in addition to an extensive library of school improvement information and guidance.  



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