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Addressing educational disadvantage in Surrey Secondary Secondary Schools:

From mitigation to success 

Published June 2022

 SAfE is delighted to publish this report, which has been written in conjunction with Marc Rowland, the leading national expert in his field.  

 The report was published on Monday June 27th at the celebratory closing forum for SAfE’s 18 month programme working with secondary school leaders from 36 schools in Surrey, to raise outcomes for learners affected by socio-economic disadvantage.

 This has been a significant project for SAfE and Surrey and it has been hugely rewarding for all participant schools and for the SAfE team, working in partnership with the national expert in this field, Marc Rowland from Unity Research School.

 We look forward to continuing this whole school programme with Marc in 2022/2023. 

  Thank you to Marc and our schools for their hard work and commitment to making  a difference to the learning outcomes of all children and young people in Surrey.

 To download a pdf of the report please click on the image. 




‘Primary Humanities: inclusion, joy and challenge for all'


by Christine Counsell

SAfE's Bulletin for Heads

Our May 2022 Bulletin is here

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SAfE's Bulletin for Governors

Our April 2022 Bulletin is here

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Read all about it! Our Bulletin 'back issues' are here

Heads Bulletins 

March 2022, February 2022December 2021October 2021July 2021May 2021March 2021

December 2020October 2020September 2020

Governance Bulletins

January 2022, October 2021July 2021March 2021

Sharing SAfE's leadership thinking and learning

Your bibliography of SAfE blogs  

This collection of our community’s thinking, commentary and insight is shared on behalf of all contributors, including SAfE school improvement leads, professional learning champions and colleague practitioners from our school community.

Please contact if you’d like to author a blog on a topic that is dear to your heart. We’d be delighted to hear from you and work with you to share your learning and insight.

Please dip into SAfE’s library of thought leadership blogs.


Recommended Reads - Books

The SAfE
Virtual Book Corner

Visit SAfE's Virtual Book Corner for top reading recommendations from the SAfE team. We have compiled a list of  book and articles which we believe support our leadership and professional development programmes.

  • 'The ResearchED Guide to Leadership: An evidence-informed guide for Teachers' - Various

  • 'Research-Informed Practice'Jennifer Ludgate 'A practical but evidence informed book on how to design a CPD programme.' - Maria Dawes, SAfE CEO

  • ‘An Updated Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium’ - Marc Rowland 

  • ‘Learning without Labels’  - Marc Rowland's latest book!

  • 'Education with Purpose – the Heart of What Matters'Stephen Tierney 'Looking at what mattersm not just what works. I particularly like the chapter on ‘What is your why'.' - Maria Dawes

  • 'Flip the System: Changing Education from the Ground Up'Renae Kneyber and Jelmer Evers  'This book looks at ways to embrace a more humane, more democratic approach to education, a move that places teachers exactly where they need to be - at the steering wheel of educational systems worldwide.' - Louise Yarnell, SAfE SI Advisor 

  • 'Leading Academy Trusts – Why Some Fail but Most Don't'Sir David Carter with Laura McInerney. 'A must read for any CEO (or aspiring CEO) or chair of a MAT trust board.' - Maria Dawes

  • 'Leader: Know, Love and Inspire your People' -  Katy Granville-Chapman and Emmie Bidston (all purchase proceeds to the Prince's Trust)

  • 'Back on Track'Mary Myatt

  • 'Putting Staff First' John Tomsett

  • 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' – Stephen R Covey 'His seven habits help to develop the tools to lead better, but he also helps you to understand how you can get the best out of those that you lead and manage' - Louise Yarnell

  • 'Supporting the Emotional Work of School Leaders'Belinda Harris 'When the pressures of the role seem insurmountable, this book will remind you that you are not alone! Helps to develop your own emotional resilience and a few tools to help you bounce back when needed.' -  Louise Yarnell

  • 'Staying A Head – Stress Management Secrets of Successful School Leaders' - Viv Grant 

  • 'Riding the waves' - James Hilton 'This book looks at both primary and secondary school leaders and how they can find fulfilment in their challenging roles in order to lead their schools successfully.'  -  Louise Yarnell

  • 'Teacher Resilience – Manging Stress and Anxiety to Thrive in the Classroom' Jamie Thom 'A really good book to dip into with practical actions teachers and leaders can take to build resilience.' - Maria Dawes


Recommended Reads - Articles




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