Our local strategic partnerships are essential so all schools across Surrey can play a part in the Excellence for All vision. We are working with many different groups to produce clear guidance and frameworks that schools, trusts and our local communities involved in education can adopt to champion change across Surrey.

Strategic partnership work is currently being developed in the following areas:

Belonging in Educational Settings – 10 Principles
Surrey Lifetime of Learning Strategy – in progress

Working in Local Partnership

Surrey is a rich and diverse education system

SAfE works at the heart of the school system; with our local strategic partners, supporting, developing and sharing best practice throughout the community.

Surrey’s School Community

  • Supporting Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Special Phases
  • Working with the 6 Dioceses that support Surrey’s school community

Regional Specialist Hubs

Working in Partnership with National Experts

Whole School SEND

The Whole School SEND Consortium is delivering the Department for Education SEND Schools’ Workforce Support Contract. It brings together schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to ensuring that every child and young person with SEND can maximise their potential.

Whole Education SEND

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.

Marc Rowland

Marc Rowland is a foremost expert on the effective use of the Pupil Premium and improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners. Marc is working with SAfE to support schools to develop strategies to affect long term improvement and change in primary and secondary phases.

Opening Worlds

Christine Counsell and Steve Mastin’s Opening Worlds humanities curriculum programme.


Tom Sherrington’s Brighter Futures teacher development ‘Walkthrus’ programme.

Integrity Coaching

Viv Grant and the Integrity Coaching Race, Identity and Leadership programme.

Voice 21

Voice 21’s Transforming Oracy programme.

Evaluate My School

Helping schools, local authorities and multi-academy trusts improve the quality of their self-evaluation.

Shaping National System Change


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.


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.

Chartered College of Teaching

Chartered Status CPD Partner logo

Schools Alliance for Excellence professional learning principles fully align with the vision and values of the Chartered College of Teaching and therefore we are working to design training and programmes that support teachers and leaders working towards Chartered Status assessments. We are an accreditation Chartered Status CPD Partner and developing more of our professional learning programme and developing our professional learning programme so it can support candidates on their pathway to Chartered Status. For information about Chartered Teacher Status and accreditation, please visit the Chartered College website

AI’s Role in the Education Revolution : Discover, Engage, Transform

Cross-Sector & Independent
AI in Education is an independent, cross-sector body. It is composed of leading teachers in schools from all sectors and settings, as well as heads of each of the UK’s examination boards. Their work is guided by a panel of independent digital and AI experts and a cross-party group of political advisers who will advise schools on which AI developments are likely to be beneficial, and which may be damaging.


to ensure that AI will maximise the interests of all involved in education, students, teachers, support staff, parents, governors and the wider community.
to do so by ensuring that AI enhances human intelligence and experience, and does so in a way that above all is to the benefit of the most vulnerable – including those with the least means, additional learning needs and those from diverse backgrounds.

SAfE supports this ground breaking initiative led by Epsom College and Bourne Education Trust and is a representative member of the National Steering Group.

Local Networks At the Heart of Education


Primary Assistant and Deputy Heads

Primary English and Phonics

Early Years Leads


Deputy Heads Secondary

Heads of Sixth Form

Pastoral Networks

Secondary Curriculum Forum


SENDCo networks

Specialist Centre Network


“Providing the local glue in a diverse landscape.”