About SASH

Suffolk Association of Secondary Headteachers

Welcome to SASH Online

The education Organisation led by school & college heads

1 Join SASH
2 Members Community
3 About SASH
4 Resource Sharing
Join SASH

Join the SASH community

Currently, Membership is open to Heads (and equivalent) and invited Partners who have a link with Suffolk and can add value. Although Partners will be contactable through the website by choice, the Heads Networking system is insulated (i.e. there is a private area for Suffolk Heads). In the near future, SASH Membership will be open to other leaders within your organisation under an Associate Membership

  1. More about the SASH mission, personnel and more
  2. More about Membership

    What next?

  1. Create your profile & choose your privacy level
  2. Check the boxes in your profile to identify areas of focus, interest or strength
  3. Network with others, share, create Zoom meets, ask the network for 'help' and more...
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Join the SASH community
Members Community

How the Online Network Community is structured

The SASH website is more than an information site.  Once you're Logged in it becomes a powerful collaboration platform for building an online community. It's organised like this:

Umbrella Groups
Like a kind of 'private virtual coffee shop' - for members with common variables (e.g. Suffolk Headteachers). These groups are for non-specific info, notices, resource sharing, member organised Zoom meets and chat...all that good stuff!

Themed Subgroups
Themed Subgroups are connected to an Umbrella Group and are a way to keep topics, subjects and themes separate enough to stay tidy and focused, but connected enough to stay 'under the umbrella'. They work in exactly the same way as the Umbrella Group.

All Groups have the following features:
Instantly generate an open Group; Member Zoom meet; Resource share: Photos / Albums / Documents; Discussion Forums (e.g. for Solution-finding, Q&A, Signposting & 'Swapshops'; Send messages; Group activity feed

Pop up map of the Online Group Networking structure

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How the Online Network Community is structured
About SASH

Vision, leadership and voice

We want to impact positively on as many children and young people as possible.
Put simply, SASH is a networking hub led by school leaders who share a common mission to develop a culture of sharing ideas, resources, friendship and support.

We are committed to supporting all leaders
The future of SASH is in its people. With more than 90 school and college leaders across the county, and many more partners within and beyond our borders, the scope to grow as a movement is tremendous.

We aim to make Suffolk the most desirable county in which to lead…
Although SASH is a Suffolk-based organisation, we encourage an outward-facing approach – connecting leaders from outside the county, including international and independent schools and colleges to enrich opportunities to share and grow meaningful networks and communities.

Vision, leadership and voice
Resource Sharing

Share and access useful documents

You can access resources through the Members Groups and Forums. We also curate selected content and place in our NewsHub, VideoHub and ResearchHub. 

It's an ongoing process - so - always feel free to submit a resource we can add to the site. We will always credit you!

Examples of Resources include things like posters, policies, letter templates, video links etc.

If you submit through a group, you can control the privacy level. These are:

  • Public (Open to anyone)
  • Private (Members)
  • Only me (Private to your membership only)

Members an also upload Photos and place in Albums which are kept in a separate tab in the relevant Group.

Share and access useful documents

Where we're headed...

We want to impact positively on as many children and young people as possible…
Put simply, SASH is a networking hub led by school leaders who share a common mission to develop a culture of sharing ideas, resources, friendship and support.

We are committed to supporting all leaders…
The future of SASH is in its people. With more than 90 school and college leaders across the county, and many more partners within and beyond our borders, the scope to grow as a movement is tremendous.

We aim to make Suffolk the most desirable county in which to lead…
Although SASH is a Suffolk-based organisation, we encourage an outward-facing approach – connecting leaders from outside the county, including international and independent schools and colleges to enrich opportunities to share and grow meaningful networks and communities…

We share and signpost the best in quality development…
One of the roles of SASH is to signpost resources, CPD and courses led by other organisations. We work in partnership with a range of unions, companies, associations and charities – to help build connections that bring about genuine impact on our next generation. 

We hope you’ll join our mission to lead….

 

Meet the Executive Team

Dave Lee-Allan, Chair

1 Dave Lee-Allan
2 Your voice
3 Distinctiveness
Dave Lee-Allan

About Dave

Dave is Headteacher at Stowmarket High School and voluntary Chair of the Suffolk Assocation of Secondary Headteachers (SASH).

Stowmarket High School is part of the Waveney Valley Academies Trust - a forward-thinking, fast developing school with an outward-facing philosophy.

Since Dave took on headship at Stowmarket, he has overseen a fabulous new build and the transition to the Waveney Valley Academies Trust, and has been a key strategy board member of the International Festival of Learning.

With a background in the arts, Dave believes in developing all aspects of a child's creativity and academic improvement and this permeates his work as a driver of high quality education for his students and community.

Your voice

We will be your voice

As Chair of SASH, I will continue to consult and be your committed voice for Suffolk Headteachers - at a time when strengthening our position in the eyes of government and partners is so important to sustainable development in Suffolk education. With a sense of solidarity and tenacity, I believe we can make great strides towards gaining the resources and funding we need to help our communities thrive - and to keep our collective leadership motivated and continually moving forwards.

By drawing together our collective knowledge and expertise, and ensuring we are outwardly showcasing and celebrating our practice, we can show we are a team of leaders who really mean business in providing the best possible opportunities for our young learners.

So, whether its passing engagement or deep involvement - please join us, because we as leaders are stronger together.

Distinctiveness

What SASH means to leadership

We in Suffolk are developing a reputation as a county that gives more than it gets - but one that wants to work hand-in-glove with the government and partners to show we are worth further investment to further innovate.

There's much we can do at the coalface to celebrate our distinctive culture and achievements - and there's much we can do to lead the way in evidence-led learning both face-to-face and through technology. My belief is that if we mutually support each other's wellbeing and resourcing we can continue to create the best possible opportunities for our next generation of school-leavers.

By drawing together our respected knowledge and expertise, and ensuring we are celebrating our collective qualities - we can position ourselves firmly as a cohort of schools, Sixth Forms and colleges who really mean business.

Dave Lee-Allan

Chair

Dave Lee-Allan

Headteacher, Stowmarket High School

Nigel Burgoyne, Chief Executive

Nigel Burgoyne

Executive Director

Nigel Burgoyne

Former Headteacher & CEO
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2 Vision
3 Removing Barriers
Nigel Burgoyne

About Nigel

Nigel Burgoyne is the former headteacher of Kesgrave High School and CEO of the East Anglian Schools Trust (EAST).

With decades of leadership experience, SASH was delighted to appoint Nigel in September 2020. Nigel's plans for SASH are rooted in consultation with as many headteachers as possible from around Suffolk, developing a vision for the current and future context.

"At a time when relationships and mutual support is so important, SASH is stepping up, listening to colleagues and putting solutions in place to remove barriers and empower leadership"

- Nigel Burgoyne, Executive Director

Vision

What is the core vision for SASH?

Working with existing partners, our core vision is threefold:

First: to nurture relationships between leaders that brings about a growth in sharing ideas, resources, concerns and support.

Second: to be a key voice for leaders of Suffolk, to represent the views and provide pathways for Suffolk voices to be heard.

Third: to develop a truly blended approach to collaboration, communication and learning through face-to-face and digital communications.

 - Nigel Burgoyne, Executive Director

Removing Barriers

Barriers to collaboration unlocked

"There's a reason why those coffee breaks at conferences are often hailed as some of the most important experiences of the day. It's those gems you pick up from chatting to a colleague, or sounding someone out about that 'handle with care' situation. We know that this is often best done without a formal framework and as such, can be priceless and difficult to replicate.

Sometimes you just need someone quickly to connect with for a chat, to share a resource or see something through someone else's eyes.

So, a key aim of SASH Online is to kindle a culture informal interactions that can lead to powerful outcomes and partnerships."

 - Nigel Burgoyne, Executive Director

Executive Committee

Vanessa Whitcombe

Executive Committee

Vanessa Whitcombe

Headteacher, Castle Manor Academy

Andy Robinson

Executive Committee

Andy Robinson

Headteacher, Stoke High School

Stronger Together

The Power Of Professional Networking in the words of headteachers

We are delighted to welcome Andy Robinson and Vanessa Whitcombe as our volunteer Executive Committee members. In this video, along with Nigel Burgoyne (Chief Executive) they share their thoughts on how local networking and an outward-facing approach is a strong pillar of their professional practice, and how they anticipate SASH becoming a key factor in developing networks.

Having worked previously in Essex and London, Andy understands what it’s like to be new to Suffolk, and how finding mutually supportive colleagues have helped the school, the Trust as well as his own development.

Vanessa reflects on how peer-to-peer networking outside the Trust is an important factor in impacting on as many young people as possible, and how we’re likely to see some changing trends around networking in the future.

Peer Support and Broader Leadership

Digital Ecosystem

1 Digital Ecosystem
2 Simplicity
3 Blended Collaboration
Digital Ecosystem

IT for a modern approach

"With the recent shift in mindset in Edtech, we can develop something really special in support of human relationships, as the dust settles on a kind of 'Gold Rush' of technology companies. Connections between people in communities are at the core of our thinking when building technology - whether that's online or face-to-face.

Sometimes the tools we have for connecting beyond the walls of the school are disjointed - and ultimately lead to mountains of unfiltered emails that can be more confusing than valuable.

- Rob Walden, Digital in Education Consultant, Real World Education

Simplicity

Making complex simple

The cultural development of online networking is a high priority. But, importantly, we aim to do this through through the lens of the end user rather than as a purely technical exercise. Combining an understanding of how humans interact online, the unique education context, and technical knowledge of the tools required to create a smooth, robust but simple interface is part of our ongoing support for the SASH vision.

We know that leaders don't have the time to get bogged down with technology and need something that helps to 'make complex simple'.  So, in simple terms, we always appreciate feedback, to help us continue to refine the SASH Online web ecosystem.

 - Rob Walden, Digital in Education Consultant, Real World Education

Blended Collaboration

Working in decentralised environments

Working in collaborative, decentralised partnerships using technology - for more years than I care to remember, I have always wondered when email would ease its way to the technology graveyard, especially as I have a tendency to write long ones by mistake!

Whilst emails will always have a place - it's the future of messengers, cloud links, integrations, groups, forums and chats that will shape the future landscape of communications - so, when building SASH Online, a key factor is to understand the needs of user rather than the technician - and to bring together the essential tools to make communication simpler, more efficient and ultimately lead to better quality interactions.

- Rob Walden, Digital in Education Consultant, Real World Education

Rob Walden

Digital-in-Education Strategy

Director, Real World Education

A former Suffolk teacher and Assistant Headteacher for 20 years, Rob now combines education experience with digital strategy to support organisations with web systems, events and improving sensory experiences in video learning environments
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