Senior Leaders' Network

Our Senior Leaders’ network provides access to the latest evidence-informed leadership practice offered through an annual programme of webinars, networking events and inspirational conferences. We have input from both top level national and international speakers and also from invited high-quality, practicing senior leaders to share practical ideas and proven approaches which are grounded in research.

What to expect across the year…

Networking Events:

We provide the opportunity for colleagues from across the network to come together in person, to explore a specific focus or theme. We will invite nationally renowned guest speakers and school leaders with innovative practice to share and there will be opportunity throughout the session and over coffee to network with colleagues, discuss themes from the day and support each other.

Think-Piece Webinars:

We offer a series of “think-piece” webinars throughout the year. These are short, accessible, online talks led by interesting and engaging speakers. They provide a taste or introduction to new and innovative thinking focused on key aspects of primary leadership practice and offer a platform for leaders to reflect on new ideas and how these might support their own vision for their schools.

Senior Leaders’ Summer Conference:

Our Senior Leaders’ Summer Conference is one of our flagship events and we really looking forward to bringing together our whole network for an inspiring day of learning, laughter and replenishment towards the end of the year. As well as being of value to you professionally, this conference is our way to say thank you and recognise all that you do. We design this event to give you time out to reflect as well as to learn. We want you to leave feeling inspired, with new ideas and enthusiasm. And we want you to take away practical ideas you can share with your staff team and use back at school to help your children develop bright futures.

Books & Offers:

Working in partnership with a wide range of publishers and book sellers, we are delighted to bring our network members a range of half termly offers & discounts off some of the latest educational publications. We are delighted to support schools to enrich and develop their staff CPD library with books from our visiting speakers.

Resources & Links:

All network meeting resources, recordings and useful links are made available to network members and their schools, via our online resource hub housed on our website. All network members receive personal access to this area to ensure that they can access resources quickly and easily throughout the year.


Previous Guest Speakers...

Each year we invite a range of national and/or international guest speakers to lead sessions for our network. Previous guest speakers have included:

  • Dylan Wiliam
  • Clare Sealy
  • Alex Quigley
  • Ian Gilbert
  • Sir David Carter
  • Debra Kidd
  • Kulvarn Atwal
  • Sir John Jones
  • Sonia Thompson
  • Mary Myatt
  • Tom Sherrington
  • Guy Claxton
  • Paul Dix
  • Dame Alison Peacock
  • Nav Sanghara

Or see pages 10-13 in our Training & Development Brochure.

DRB Leadership Briefings

Working in partnership with DRB we are delighted to offer schools within our network discounted access to the highly-valued DRB leadership briefings. These briefings ensure that headteachers, principals and senior teams are fully updated with the latest from the Department for Education, the ESFA, Ofqual, the Standards and Testing Agency and Ofsted.

What to expect across the year…

  • A weekly update (or more frequent if required) containing the most immediate or actionable information
  • Bespoke support via email or telephone within 24 hours
  • Email updates on resources or specific single issues
  • A place on the full online briefing for each term

At the termly online briefings, delegates will receive the latest up-to-date advice on:

  • Assessment
  • Government issues
  • Funding
  • Leadership
  • Early Years
  • Teaching
  • Pupils’ personal development
  • Inspection updates

Please note sessions are held online, via Zoom and will not be recorded. If you are unable to attend a specific date please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you at an alternative session that term.


Andrew Pilmore is the director of education at DRB and delivers all of the briefings. He is available for advice during each term should questions arise or advice be necessary. Andrew was previously a headteacher for 11 years.

Join us...

Click on the links below to find out more about how to subscribe for the year and book places at our events.