SSLP Re-Launch 2017

Date of past event:

27th September 2017


Senior Leaders, Heads of Department and Newly Qualified Teachers were all invited to St Saviour’s & St Olave’s at 16:30 on Wednesday 27th September 2017 for the annual re-launch of 2017.

A highlight of the evening was hearing from three SSLP students who were lucky recipients of Stuart Horne Bursaries – allowing them to participate in three-week outward bound leadership courses in Canada over the summer.  They made the audience of 150 teachers laugh and cry with their accounts of physical challenges, isolation from modern technology and encounters with wolves.

The co-directors were joined by Baroness Chakrabarti as their guest of honor.  She returned from the Labour conference to speak to the SSLP about her personal aspirations for an education system that provided the same opportunities today as were afforded her own generation.  She spoke of the commitments made by her party and the confidence she has of a more equal future for the next generation.

As well as refreshments there was the opportunity to reprise some of the highlights from last year and to network with peers from neighbouring schools.

When asked “What makes your school great?”

  • Ark Globe Academy said “Staff Development – especially for new teachers”
  • Charter School said “Bringing out hidden talents”
  • City Heights E-ACT Academy said “Languages and EAL”
  • Dulwich College and JAGS both said “It’s our partnerships that make us great”
  • Kingsdale School said “Music and Sport”
  • St Saviour’s & St Olave’s said “Being supportive, inclusive and welcoming”

To close the evening we had BreakOut sessions which created a real buzz in the room with teachers working in subject based groups.  Any ideas that developed from the session should be shared with

“As a new participating school, the colleagues that accompanied me to the relaunch benefitted enormously from the evening. Contacts were made, email addresses exchanged and support offered around new GCSE specifications and moderation groups. From our point of view it was a positive introduction to the organisation.” – City Heights

The Creative Arts – “Next year we want to showcase the creativity of SSLP Students at the Launch event.  Can we organise a multi faceted exhibition and fashion show with prizes?”

The Sciences – “Let’s have an inter-school competition or two; and open up more university and career options for our young scientists.  We should share our teaching ideas as well. We are worried about the implications of the GCSE reforms.”

Getting Active – “Can we organise an Outward bound outdoor sports trip?  We should have a cross-federation athletics meeting or league – with a girl’s only competition to raise the profile of Girls’ sport.  As teachers we need training for the new GCSE.”

IT Communications – “We’d like to offer interactive sessions that focus on robots and micro bits; Phone App development; and Using OneNote.”