Why use NetSixthForm to help you develop your sixth form?

  • Benefit from over 23 years of providing CPD for Sixth Form Leaders
  • Teachers, tutors and senior leaders trust our integrity and experience in the post 16 sector
  • Michael Senior, a former Assistant Headteacher, has over 20 years of experience of managing a very large sixth form centre that improved from Special Measures to Outstanding
  • Michael has the benefit of having learned from supporting numerous centres over the years - all over the UK and overseas
  • Michael has provided CPD to heads of sixth form for 20 years and has supported local authority development of post 16 provision and individual centres
  • Expertise in all aspects of post 16 provision from improving teaching and learning, curriculum models, student recruitment, pastoral support, inspection and funding


  • Authored over 20+ post 16 resources and publications including Developing the Skilled Sixth FormerManaging the Sixth Form Experience and Writing an Effective Personal Statement (5th edition)Creating the Personalised Sixth FormComplete Tutorial Guide to Higher Education.
  • Best-selling A-Level textbook Sociology of Health and Illness (Palgrave)
  • Articles in Psychology Review and Sociology Review (Philip Allan)
  • Co-author of A Practical Guide to your Post-16 Ofsted Inspection

Media Appearances

  • BBC Breakfast
  • BBC Radio 5 Live

Support for Schools

  • Despite being a full-time sixth form leader, over the years, Michael delivered sessions for individual schools throughout the UK.
  • Support includes local authority events to drive up sixth form standards as well as for organisations representing independent schools 
  • Michael understands that each school has its own unique opportunities and challenges and that there is no one-size fits all approach: support has to be bespoke
  • Having provided CPD for sixth form leaders for over 24 years, our reputation in the post 16 sector is well respected. 
  • Our recent event supported 500 delegates provided by the company he founded, NetSixthForm, allowing Michael to draw upon the experience of working with a wide range of experienced practitioners from across the UK and overseas
  • Michael is now a full-time founder of NetSixthForm and is able to take up a greater proportion of requests for support

NetSixthForm is the network for sixth form leaders providing:

  • Weekly, free, term-time newsletters to 3.8k subscribers
  • Peer support via Sixth Form Leaders Facebook group of 3k members
  • Two major national conferences for sixth form leaders per year
  • Free and subscriber resources accessed by over 11,000 tutors per month on average
  • Bespoke support for sixth form centres wishing to develop provision even further
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Would your teaching and learning review benefit from some extra external support as well as an impartial perspective? Michael can join or chair your team of lesson observers using either your own existing approach to lessons reviews or he can help you to customise one. Michael is a trusted voice in post 16 teaching and learning and offers a helpful outside perspective that can bolster the messages that result from the process. Feel free to customise the process by adding in teacher and student voice panels. Michael can also collate and analyse the lesson observation data to produce your centre report. If you’d like Michael to return and work through an action plan, that is also possible.

Possible format - 1 day learning review + options to add 1 day report writing + add 1 day action planning

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A comprehensive appraisal of the whole post 16 experience which generally includes: smaller-scaled post 16 teaching and learning review, subject leader and student voice focus groups, PSHE review, curriculum review with a view to supporting student outcomes and recruitment. Michael will produce a Review Report with a suggested action plan. There is also the option for Michael to work with a small team onsite to work through the action plan to help ensure the process has the desired impact.

Possible format - 1 day T&L review + options to add wider sixth form review + 1 day report writing + add 1 day action planning

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Book by the hour to talk through issues relating to post 16 - Ofsted, funding, recruitment, curriculum, improving outcomes and safeguarding, pastoral care and PSHE. Choose from Zoom, Teams, GoogleMeet.

Book by the hour - 1 hour minimum.

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A one day on-site review of all things relating to increasing sixth form recruitment. Explore your unique challenges and opportunities, review your current marketing and recruitment processes, review your curriculum to explore options to broaden take-up, and review website and application process. Meet with a senior leader as well as sixth form leadership, sixth form students, year leaders in Year 10 & 11 as well as students in Year 10 & 11. Benefit from years of experience of being involved in sixth form recruitment and supporting other centres with their approaches.

Possible format - 1 day consisting of just over half day review + final section of the day action planning

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A supportive review to help centres get ready for inspection. This will generally require the sixth form lead to be available throughout most of the day.

Possible format - 1 day review + optional 1 day report writing + option of 1 hour virtual feedback or 1 day in-person feedback and action planning

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Chadwell Academy

Autumn Conference 2022

“All killer content no filler. My yearly top up on all things sixth form which it takes me the year to digest and action. Fantastic, reassuring and inspiring.”

Longsands Sixth Form

Autumn Conference 2022

“I always leave feeling enthusiastic and better equipped for the improvements the Sixth Form needs to make.”

Head of Sixth Form, The Charter School North Dulwich

Autumn Conference 2022

“Hands down the best teaching conference I have ever attended. Every session was informative and directly relevant to my role as head of sixth form. The fast-paced format meant there wasn't a single wasted minute. Thank you so much!”

TSC Academy

Autumn Conference 2022

“Broad range of resources spanning the breadth that Heads of Sixth are expected to manage, from experts. Also vital reassurance that we are on the right track and abreast of issues which will affect us shortly.”

Greatfields School

Summer Conference 2022

“The best Sixth Form CPD I have ever attended!”

St Peter’s Academy

Summer Conference 2022

“Just wow really! Will definitely be signing up for the next one.”

Boston High School

Summer Conference 2022

“AMAZING. I am new to post and found the day very useful. Thank you.”

Alderbrook School

Summer Conference 2022

“We are buzzing with ideas now and feel much more confident about how to prepare for the next OFSTED and support our next cohort!”

Rutlish School

Autumn Conference 2021

“By a country mile – the best CPD I’ve ever had.”

Higham Lane School

Autumn Conference 2018

“My third conference.' I have chosen this over Pixl6. Worth every penny for CPD and plenty to take back, use and share.”

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