Leadership in school

why starting early matters

Did you know that by the time a child reaches the age of 7, stereotypes about their gender, ethnicity and class begin to form? These beliefs can shape the way they view their education, future and place in society. If these stereotypes are negative and go unchallenged, they can stop them from reaching their full academic, career and leadership potential.

Research shows that the development of leadership skills and habits in students of school age has the power to transform limiting perceptions while improving behaviour for learning, students’ confidence, resilience, peer relationships, and communication and team-building skills. These skills empower students to lead and take charge of their academic achievement, personal progress and future career goals.

We place Inspiring Leaders into classrooms across the UK to dispel leadership stereotypes and equip students with the knowledge, skills and networks needed to reach their full potential.

Primary Schools

We introduce primary school students to diverse leaders from different professions who will teach them about the importance of leading themselves effectively by developing their leadership values and character traits.

Secondary Schools

We prepare every student for academic and career success by providing them with meaningful encounters with diverse leaders, who link the curriculum to their profession and develop leadership skills and character at the same time.

Post 16

We work with sixth forms and colleges to ensure their students leave equipped with up-to-date knowledge of the labour market and pathways, leadership and employability skills and networks needed to thrive in the global marketplace.



We offer a range of leadership development programmes and services. Our Leadership For All programme has something for every student at every key stage. For more targeted and bespoke leadership support, you can simply choose a programme from our additional services.


Our LEADERSHIP FOR ALL programme includes everything you need to kick start effective leadership development in your school.

Our network of Inspiring Leaders is diverse in gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status and skill. They are relatable role models and industry experts suited to support every area of the curriculum.

Our Mini Student Leadership Audit enables schools to self- assess their current provision by helping them to identify strengths and areas of development.

Leadership development professionals train current student leaders in their roles by equipping them with tools for effective leadership that make them more confident, motivated and assured.

Our toolkit links leadership skills to curriculum learning by providing classroom teachers with activities or strategies to use within their lessons.

We work with corporate organisations to increase students’ awareness and access to future leadership and career opportunities. This includes work experience, internships, insight days, school leaver programmes and public speaking engagements.

A dedicated account manager is assigned to a school to support, guide and advise on how to make the most of their membership plan.

Our termly newsletter includes top tips for incorporating leadership throughout the curriculum, industry leader insights, case studies and best practice from schools around the UK using our service.

We will produce an impact report at the end of the subscription year to showcase impact, development and achievement. The report is perfect for sharing with parents, teachers and school governors.

Additional Services

Our additional services include bespoke leadership programmes that we design, deliver and evaluate.

We place our network of Inspiring Leaders into the classroom to teach a lesson with a twist. Imagine being taught Maths by a Senior Financial Advisor or ICT by a leading software developer. Bringing the curriculum to life is a lesson pupils will never forget.

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Programme (TLP) is a six-week leadership programme specifically designed to develop the next generation of leaders from underrepresented groups. The programme includes leadership teaching, real life leadership challenges; a Russell Group university-led session; an off-site trip to a city organisation; and an end of programme presentation to peers, parents, teachers and inspiring leaders.

Leadership Enrichment Activity Day (L.E.A.D) is a fun way to introduce a whole year group to the concept of leadership, character education or careers through themed activities that complement the Citizenship, PHSE, Character, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) curriculum.

65% of children entering primary school will end up in jobs or careers that do not yet exist. With a rapidly changing job market it is not enough to educate, inform and inspire the pupils, parents must be involved to. Our Parent Awareness Evenings are a great way for parents to meet industry experts and empower them to effectively support their child’s future.

Why Choose Us

Six reasons to work with us

Designed By Qualified Teachers

Age-appropriate and hassle-free programmes designed by qualified teachers in partnership with senior school leaders, industry leaders and students.

Gatsby Benchmarks 2,3,4,5 & 6

We understand that students learn best when they can see the relevance of their education.We link curriculum learning to careers and cover four more of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Personalised Support

Around the clock service to provide as much or as little support as you need. Whatever the request, our dedicated support team are here to help.


We provide bespoke annual impact reports of your students' leadership, careers and personal development by measuring their awareness, abilities, access and aspirations.

Frequent Access to Relatable Role Models

Diversity matters! Research shows that having access to successful and relatable role models can significantly increase aspirations. We make it easy.

Discounts on Additional Services

We understand the pressure on school budgets. Therefore once you become a school partner, you will have access to discounts on all our programmes under additional services.

Register Your Interest

If you are interested in our programmes, please complete this enquiry form and someone from the DLN team will be in touch to arrange a phone call or a meeting.

Leadership skills has been proven to improve academic attainment, behaviour for learning, motivation and teacher/peer relationships.



Manger House, 62A Highgate High Street, London, N6 5HX

Tel: 020 3633 2298