The Difference Leaders Programme

The Difference Leaders programme is a two year programme designed to train the next generation of school leaders, specialist in improving outcomes for the most vulnerable children.

The programme combines a two-year leadership position in an AP school with an intensive, accredited training programme and onwards career support.

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‘Recruitment is always a challenge. Too few teachers know about the alternative
provision sector and how incredible it is to work there. Our leaders change lives: their work makes the difference between success and failure, hope and hopelessness, in some instances even life and death. Every day is a privilege. The Difference seeks to inspire  more colleagues to join us in this vital work.’
— Dave Whitaker, Executive Principal Springwell Academies
This is a much-needed initiative to address the complex problem of school exclusion. Schools need to work closely with social care and mental health services to support our most disadvantaged pupils. ARK Schools welcome the development of The Difference, and its ambition to create a new generation of specialist school leaders.
— Lucy Heller, CEO of Ark multi-academy trust